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Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks to bring the visual arts to the heart of the Princeton University experience for students, scholars, and visitors of all kinds as one of the world’s greatest comprehensive museums in an academic setting. By fostering critical thinking, visual literacy, dialogue, and empathy, the Museum aspires to enrich human experience and to strengthen citizenship.

Mission Statement


The Princeton University Art Museum educates, challenges, and inspires the students of Princeton University and members of a diverse local, national, and international public through exposure to the world of art. Uniting fresh, object-based scholarship with broad accessibility, the Museum soothes and provokes, affirms accepted meanings and suggests new ones, excites the imagination and affords encounters of both clarity and uncertainty. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, the Museum presents opportunities to delve deeply into the study of art and culture, offers a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art, and acts as a library of the visual and a gateway to the University’s intellectual resources.

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Prints and Drawings Collection

The Prints and Drawings collection includes more than 15,000 works on paper as well as several hundred illuminated manuscripts and printed books by European and American artists from the 14th century to the present, in addition to a select representation of Persian and Indian miniature painting. The quality and breadth of the collection were established in the 1930s and 1940s by gifts and bequests from Princeton alumni Junius S. Morgan and Dan Fellows Platt, Museum director Frank Jewett Mather Jr., and professor Clifton R. Hall.

 

Among the strengths of the Princeton collection are old master prints, including large holdings of etchings and engravings by Jacques Callot and Hendrick Goltzius in addition to fine impressions of works by such master printmakers as Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, and Goya; Italian 17th- and 18th-century drawings, with outstanding groups by Guercino, Salvator Rosa, Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo; Spanish Renaissance and Baroque drawings; 18th- and 19th-century French and British prints and drawings; American drawings, sketchbooks, and watercolors, including examples by Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe; and a significant group of Latin American modern and contemporary prints and drawings.

 

Because works on paper are sensitive to light, selections from the collection are displayed in the galleries on a rotating basis. Prints, drawings, and manuscripts not on view are available by appointment in the department’s study room. At this time, only Princeton Scholars are permitted to book in-person appointments.

 

Image: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770), Roman Soldier, ca. 1720-22. Red chalk wash, over black chalk, on beige laid paper. Bequest of Dan Fellows Platt, Class of 1895. Princeton University Art Museum

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Adventures in Collecting Drawings with Laura Giles and Jack Shear
February 17, 2024 4:00 pm

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Exhibitions

January 1, 12AM UTC
Pose, Power, Practice: New Perspectives on Life Drawing
Vernon Square, London, WC1X 9EW, United Kingdom

From the sixteenth century to the present, drawing the human body from life has remained a mainstay of Western institutional art practice. Despite significant shifts in the aesthetics, media, and […]

January 1, 12AM UTC
The Drawing Foundation – All Day Drawing Competition
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY, 10003, United States
Join up to 65 other artists for a full day of drawing from multiple live models
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