A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum

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William Breazeale, Cara D. Denison, Stacey Sell, Freyda Spira
Paul Holberton Publishing, 2010 - Art - 171 pages
The master drawings at the Crocker Art Museum, dating from the late-15th to the mid-19th centuries, form an unusually rich and historic collection, known to include of many keystones of the history of art. Sheets by Carpaccio, D rer, Callot, and Boucher only scratch the surface of a collection whose sources include the great eighteenth-century collectors Pierre-Jean Mariette, Pierre Crozat, Joshua Reynolds, and Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville; their 17th-century predecessors Evrard Jabach, Nicolas Lanier, Jan Pietersz Zoomer, and Pieter Lely; as well as 19th-century collectors like William Esdaile, Thomas Lawrence, and Dominique Vivant-Denon.

Purchased for the most part in 186971 by the founders of the Crocker Art Museum, the works are in some ways a time capsule that gives insight into the European art market and the taste of the patrons. Through this catalogue the Museum introduces a selection of the best drawings to the public for the first time, and provides a splendid overview of this unique collection, shedding fuller light on its history and context, both in relation to California events and to American patronage.

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Spira received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College and her master's degree from Columbia University, and is currently working towards a doctorate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation addresses the rise of portraiture in the court of Frederick the Wise of Germany. She has also worked in the print room of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, and at C.G. Boerner/Artemis Fine Arts Gallery.

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