Prints and Drawings
Prints and drawings comprise over 8,000 works in the Museum's collection. Examples of virtually every medium and style representing many different cultures from the fifteenth century through the present make the University of Notre Dame an important center for study and learning in the arts.
The John D. Reilly Collection of Old Master Drawings is especially strong in Italian and French objects, and includes works by artists such as Jacopo Tintoretto, Guercino, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David, Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, and Camille Corot, among many others. The Mr. and Mrs. Allan J. Riley Collection of 18th- and 19th-Century British Drawings offers exemplary sheets by George Romney, Joshua Reynolds, and Edwin Landseer.
The history of printmaking is well illustrated by significant impressions. Notable sheets include Martin Schongauer’s Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos (ca. 1480), Albrecht Dürer’s Apocalypse series (1511), Lucas van Leyden's Adoration of the Magi (1513), Paul Cézanne's Great Bathers (ca. 1898), and Pablo Picasso's Blind Minatour Guided by a Little Girl (1934). An important collection of seventy Rembrandt etchings of religious subjects was given to the Museum by Jack and Alfrieda Feddersen in 1991. Extensive holdings of prints by the quixotic Irish artist James Barry (1741–1806) were supported by Terry and Margaret Stent in 2015. Contributions from Rebecca Nanovic Lin have strengthened and broadened the diversity represented in the holdings of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century prints.
Contemporary prints are particularly noteworthy, including important holdings of the Taller de Gráfica Popular and the Segura Arts Studio. A recent landmark gift of 238 works by iconic Pop master Jim Dine surveys his entire career.
Because works on paper are susceptible to damage from light and exposure to environmental conditions, they are displayed only occasionally and temporarily. Appointments to study works on paper currently not on exhibit can be made by contacting the registrar at (574) 631–4727.