“Drawn to Life: Master Drawings from the Age of Rembrandt in the Peck Collection” at the Ackland Art Museum features over 70 exceptional Dutch drawings from the 17th century, many previously unpublished and rarely exhibited. A number of drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn, the most celebrated artist of this period, and his pupils represent a particular highlight of the exhibition. Since drawings are sensitive to light and can only be displayed for short periods of time, this exhibition is a rare occasion not to be missed.
“Drawn to Life” is the first major exhibition of the Peck Collection since its donation by the late Drs. Sheldon and Leena Peck. The Pecks’ transformative gift of over 130 largely 17th- and 18th-century Dutch and Flemish drawings in 2017 established the Ackland as one of a handful of university art museums in the United States where scholars and students can study northern European drawings in depth.
Organized around five thematic groupings, including Artists at Work; The Traveling Artist; The New Landscape; Mirror of the Everyday; and Rembrandt and his Followers, “Drawn to Life” celebrates the creativity and technical skills of Dutch artists who explored the beauty of the natural world and the dynamic, multifaceted aspects of humanity.
An accompanying catalog, meticulously researched and written by Ackland Peck Research Fellow Robert Fucci and published by Paul Holberton Publishing, introduces scholars and drawing enthusiasts to the depth and beauty of the Peck Collection. The “Drawn to Life” exhibit runs from September 22 to December 31, 2022.