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Inside the DIA Galleries
Inside the DIA Galleries

Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

One of the museum's most varied collections, the collection features a wide range of works on paper. With approximately 35,000 prints, drawings, photographs, watercolors, posters and artists books, the collection stretches from the present day back to the 1500's and includes a diverse assortment of media. Although artists of many cultures are represented, the collection is especially strong in European and American works.


View Selections of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

View of Lake and Peaks at Sunset

View of Lake and Peaks at Sunset — Thomas Cole, 1845 / 1847

Scheme for the Decoration of the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Scheme for the Decoration of the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel — Michelangelo, c. 1508

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve — Albrecht Durer, 1504

Self Portrait

Self Portrait - Kelly Williams, middle 20th century

Moonlight on the Biesboch

Moonlight on the Biesboch — Carel Nicolaas Storm van s’ Gravesande

The first acquisitions for the department were secured in 1895, and since that time it has steadily grown through significant gifts from scores of patrons as well as strategic purchases by the museum. One of the collection's most important purchases was that of over 2,500 sketches by 19th-century American artist, Thomas Cole, procured in 1939. Substantial bequests by John S. Newberry in 1965 and Robert H. Tannahill in 1970 greatly enlarged the collection and in 1980 the Schwartz Galleries of Prints and Drawings was opened to more effectively house and display the diverse works. This was followed in 1983 by the opening of the Albert and Peggy de Salle Gallery of Photography.

With over five centuries of works on paper, the collection contains a wide variety of extraordinary pieces from some of the world's best known artists. Highlights include Michelangelo's Studies for the Sistine Chapel, Degas' Russet Landscape, and Charles Sheeler's stunning photograph, Wheels.

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