Dürer to Goya: Three Centuries of Printmaking from the Needles Collection

September 21 – November 21

/ 2001

Printmaking has a surprisingly short history in the western art tradition, and the collection of Old Master prints formed by Marion and Belverd Needles, on view at the DePaul University Art Gallery, provides an excellent overview of rapid technical and functional development in its first three centuries. Beginning with early woodcuts often produced as illustrations to the Bible, the collection includes the brilliantly complex etchings and engravings of the seventeenth century and the remarkably diverse subjects and techniques of the eighteenth century: more than fifty prints in all. The exhibition, which has been curated by Timothy Smith, a member of DePaul’s Art History faculty, is a rare opportunity in Chicago to see works by Old Masters such as Dürer, Cranach, Rembrandt, and Goya. An illustrated catalogue is available.