The print collection represents one of the most significant holdings in the Stanley Museum of Art. Its temporal and technical range spans from woodcuts from the 15th century by Martin Schongauer and Albrecht Dürer, engravings and etchings by Rembrandt, Jacques Callot, William Hogarth, and William Blake, among others. The museum holds a rare, complete portfolio and albums by Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes. Japanese woodblock prints in the collection span the 17th and 20th centuries and include works by artists like Hiroshige Ando, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Kobyashi Kiyoshika, and Yoshida Hiroshi.
The collection also holds strengths in modern and contemporary art. It captures the history and the impact that key workshops, publishers, and master printmakers made on the medium. Highlights in the collection include the work of the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, the work of William Stanley Hayter, celebrated UI faculty Grant Wood, Mauricio Lasansky, and Virginia Meyers, as well as a significant collection of work by UI alumna Elizabeth Catlett. Through the generosity of the photographer, writer, and collector Waswo X. Waswo, the Stanley Museum of Art is also home to one of the most comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary South Asian prints in the United States. The strength of this collection was built through the commitment and expertise of Kathleen A. Edwards, long-time chief curator at the SMA and former director of the Print Center in Philadelphia.
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