January 30 – July 18, 2004

With more than 15,000 works, the Blanton’s collection of prints and drawings is the largest and most historically balanced of its kind in the southern and southwestern United States and one of the most significant in the country. The museum’s ongoing series 500 Years of Prints and Drawings reveals the distinctive depth and quality of the Blanton’s collection through groups of small exhibitions that examine critical moments and situations in the history of works on paper. Representing the 16th through 20th centuries, the exhibitions are divided by broad historical period, each exploring a different technique, subject, individual master, or other theme.

Heroines, Harlots, and Hussies: Old Testament Women in Renaissance and Baroque Prints

Eighteen Renaissance and Baroque prints portray the stories of Eve, Lot’s daughters, Susanna, Potiphar’s wife, and Judith. Among the prints are fine works by Jan Saenredam, Jacques Callot, Agostino Carraci, and Rembrandt.

Italian Drawings Since Suida–Manning

The acquisition of the Suida–Manning Collection in 1998 included 200 Italian Renaissance and Baroque drawings. This exhibition features eighteen Genoese, Lombard, Florentine, and Roman drawings acquired since the collection’s arrival. These recent acquisitions both complement and fill gaps in the Suida–Manning Collection’s distinguished holdings.

Court Life in the Age of the Sun King

In 1650, the Royal Edict of Saint Jean-de-Luz proclaimed engraving a “liberal” art, transforming printmakers from artisans into artists. Court patronage, innovative artists, and a public demand for images made the 17th century a high point in the history of French printmaking. This exhibition focuses on the patronage of the court of Louis XIV, from Israel Silvestre’s views of Versailles to Robert Nanteuil’s portraits of court luminaries.

“The Spiritual and the Technical”: Etchings by John Taylor Arms

For the first time in Austin, twenty newly donated etchings by John Taylor Arms will be featured, along with the Blanton’s already representative collection of the artist’s work. Probably the most distinctive exponent of the Etching Revival in this country, Arms was unrivalled in technical refinement and unique in his correlation of printmaking and transcendental values.