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European Prints


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864 - 1901
Cover for "L'estampe originale" (Couverture de "L'estampe originale"), 1893
6-color lithograph
Wittrock 1985, no. 3,
State only
Rosenwald Collection

The Gallery's division of old master and modern prints and drawings oversees one of the nation's finest collections of early European prints. It consists of some 50,000 works, including the most important holdings of fifteenth-century prints outside of Europe; an outstanding representation of all major printmakers, from Andrea Mantegna and Albrecht Dürer to Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Francisco de Goya; and innumerable rarities and singular impressions across the history of the medium. Highlights include A Poet Reading, an exceptional early fifteenth-century print by the first engraver, the Master of the Playing Cards; two impressions of the first state of Dürer’s Melencolia as well as a first edition of Dürer’s famous Apocalypse; superb impressions of prints by Andrea Mantegna; more than 1300 etchings by Jacques Callot; over 300 prints by master Dutch printmakers Hendrick Goltzius and Rembrandt; the finest collection of prints and illustrated books by Giovanni Battista Piranesi in the world; considerable holdings of prints made by artists of the Etching Revival in Britain and France during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; a unique collection of Italian nineteenth-century etchings in America; and outstanding surveys of prints by major modern artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Lovis Corinth, Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Pablo Picasso.