An Artist Collects

Scheuchzer, Physica Sacra, Genesis, Tab. II, after designs by Johann Melchior Fussli (ca. 1731), engraving, 13 3/4 x 9 inches. Collection of the author.

I attended college in Main Line Philadelphia, not far from the former location of the Barnes Foundation, which I visited frequently. I recognized in the Barnes collection not only the magnificence of its holdings Read More

Art in (Middle) America

Around 1970 my grandmother gave me a print by Käthe Kollwitz—Stehender Weiblicher Akt (Standing female nude, 1900)—that she had acquired a decade earlier in exchange for a week’s salary from her job as a sales clerk at Gimbels department store Read More

(Printed) Art in America

Among the earliest works in the National Gallery of Art’s comprehensive summary of the history of American printmaking are four mezzotint portraits made by John Simon after John Verelst’s paintings of the Native American leaders who made a diplomatic visit to Queen Anne in London in 1710 Read More