Rare collection of prints showcased at Bruce

If you’re not traveling to the Louvre anytime soon, check out the Bruce Museum’s latest exhibition, featuring prints of Old Masters and works from the 19th Century.

The show, which opened June 15, will feature prints owned by Dorrance T. Kelly, who holds one of the most distinguished local collections of prints around. While his collection has been comprised primarily of American 20th Century prints and prints by John James Audubon, in recent years he has also collected Old Master and 19th Century works extensively.

These encompass splendid sheets by the great German printmaker Albrecht Dürer, including a rare etching, woodcuts and engravings of such iconic images as his Nemesis of 1502.

Dr. Kelly’s Dutch prints include several of the rare engravings after the influential Adam Elsheimer by Hendrik Goudt and no less than 28 images by the highly experimental printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn, ranging from early works of the 1630s to mature impressions from the 1650s.

Dr. Kelly’s 18th Century holdings include sheets by the great Italian artists Canaletto and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo and several fine sheets from Los Caprichos by the renowned Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes.

Completing the collection is a group of etched cityscapes and figure studies by the American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Together, the collection attests to the quality of some of the greatest printmakers in western art.

The exhibition — on view through Aug. 18 — is accompanied by a scholarly catalog and will be complemented by a series of educational and public programs.

For additional information call the Bruce Museum at 203-869-0376 or visit brucemuseum.org.

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