Old Masters, Newly Acquired

May 31 through October 6, 2013
Hendrik Reekers image

Old Masters, Newly Acquired explores the recent growth of the Morgan's collection of drawings made before 1900. The past three years have been an exceptionally robust period during which important gifts, bequests, and purchases have both augmented and transformed the museum's holdings. Visitors have a unique opportunity to view many of these new additions spanning the Renaissance through the end of the nineteenth century. The exhibition showcases more than a hundred drawings, including major gifts from such notable collectors as former Morgan director Charles Ryskamp, trustees Eugene V. Thaw and Brooke Astor, and long-standing supporter Joseph McCrindle. An important group of recent purchases, including those made on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund, highlights drawings selected by curators in their effort to build the collection. Discussions by curators and conservators—accessible through complimentary audio guides— illuminate the creation, history, and acquisition of works in the show.

The Morgan is deeply grateful to those whose contributions have made this exhibition possible: Gillian Attfield, in honor of Charles Ryskamp; Karen B. Cohen, in memory of Charles Ryskamp; Diane A. Nixon, in memory of Charles Ryskamp; The Scholz Family, in honor of Charles Ryskamp; and the Estate of Alex Gordon.

The brochure was also generously underwritten by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw.

Hendrik Reekers (1815–1854)
Apples and a Walnut, 1836
Watercolor, over graphite, touches of gum glaze
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
Charles Ryskamp Bequest, 2010
Photography: Schecter Lee

Selected images

William Turner of Oxford
(British, 1789–1862)

Trees in a Landscape at Dusk

Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978, 2012

Charles Maurin
(French, 1856–1914)

Nurse Seated on a Park Bench

The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection

Franz Kobell
(German, 1749–1822)

Landscape near Munich I

Charles Ryskamp Bequest, 2010

C. W. Eckersberg
(Dutch, 1783–1853)

View over the Holmenskanal to the Stock Exchange, Christianborg, and the Slotskirken Copenhagen

Charles Ryskamp Bequest, 2010

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
(Italian, 1727–1804)

Dancing Dogs with Musicians and Bystanders

Estate of Mrs. Vincent Astor, 2012

Joseph Ducreux
(French, 1735–1802)

Portrait of a Man

Estate of Mrs. Vincent Astor, 2012

Domenico Campagnola
(Italian, ca. 1500–1564)

Landscape with Town and Hill

The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection

Anthony Claesz
(Dutch, 1616–ca. 1652)

Seven Tulips with Three Ladybugs

Charles Ryskamp Bequest, 2010

Paul Gauguin

Study for La Ronde des Petites Bretonnes, Pont-Aven, 1888

Thaw Collection

Francisco Goya

Solo Porque le pregunta, si esta buena su madre se pone como un Tigre

Thaw Collection

Henry Fuseli

Kriemhild at the Wake of Siegfried, 1805

Thaw Collection