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The Catherine and David O'Neill Collection of Old Master Prints and Drawings

Hans Baldung "Grien" (German, 1484-1545)
Saint Catherine, n.d., c. 1505-1507
Woodcut, 9 1/2" x 6 1/8"
Gift of the Frank and Margaret Sullivan Fund in honor of David and Catherine O'Neill

 

 

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
The Return of the Prodigal Son
, 1636
Etching and drypoint, 6 1/4" x 5 3/8"
Gift of the Frank and Margaret Sullivan Fund in honor of David and Catherine O'Neill

 

 

Presented to the Museum in 2011, the Catherine and David O’Neill Collection of Old Master Drawings and Prints is among the Museum’s newest distinctive collections.  A gift of the Frank and Margaret Sullivan Fund in honor of longtime SAMA supporters Catherine and David O’Neill, it features an outstanding group of works on paper by European Old Master artists.  These include Albrecht Durer, Hendrik Goltzius, Pietro Novelli,  Georg Pencz, and Rembrandt van Rijn along with the as-yet unidentified representatives of several distinguished artistic  schools.  Among the drawings and prints are studies for paintings as well as finished compositions.  Subjects range from depictions of the Virgin Mary and other saints to allegorical figures and themes from literature.  As a whole, the O’Neill Collection is particularly valuable in providing the historical context for the development of art in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Europe and, ultimately, the United States.