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Turnierzug Hans Burgkmair des Ãlteren
Turnierzug Hans Burgkmair des Älteren
Hans Stöcklein, German
Munich: Verlag fϋr historische Waffenkunde, 1924
Gift of Dr. August Gross and Fiske Kimball, 1930
From the Renaissance to the Surreal: Gifts to the Library and Archives
September 15, 2007 - December 11, 2008
Sometimes called a "collection of collections," the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been fortunate to receive thousands of extraordinary gifts of works of art since it was founded in 1876, making it one of the largest museums in the United States and one of the most notable in the world. The collections of the Museum's Library and Archives have also grown through gifts, often from the same passionate collectors. This exhibition, presented in three parts over the course of a year, celebrates the diversity of donors' efforts—their relationship to the Museum, and to the Library in particular—and inaugurates the new home of the Library and Archives in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

Many of the generous donors who gave their collections to the Museum's Library and Archives collected rare books as their main or only objective; others collected books and manuscripts alongside art objects, for their aesthetic value. Some bequeathed a single treasured item, which had been passed down through their family for generations; others donated entire collections, which were amassed to support their research in a primary area of interest—collections that still inform scholarly opinion today. While every book or manuscript in the Museum tells a story, many of the items on view here have additional narratives to share, regarding provenance, printing history, binding techniques, illustrative content, and other topics. They provide a glimpse into the depth and breadth of the department’s collections, which include materials from the fifteenth-century Renaissance of the to the Surrealism movement of the twentieth century and to the present day.

These gifts—elucidating centuries of creativity, scholarship, and collecting from around the globe—represent the rich and diverse holdings available to scholars and other users at the Museum's Library and Archives.


Susan Anderson • Archivist
Linda Martin-Schaff • Library Cataloguer


Library Reading Room, Perelman Building

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