Palmer Museum of Art presents 'Old Master Drawings' starting Sept. 22

August 27, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Beginning Sept. 22, the Palmer Museum of Art will have the exhibition "Old Master Drawings" on display. This exhibition displays highlights from the Palmer Museum of Art’s growing collection of 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century drawings. It will be on display through Jan. 31, 2010.

Several of the selections from this exhibition have been with the museum since its earliest years, such as Jan Asselyn’s subtle northern Italian landscape, a delicate still life by Anne Vallayer-Coster, and Giulio Romano’s preparatory sketch for a lunette in the Palazzo Te. Thanks to recent conservation efforts, some of the drawings, including Jean Baptiste Le Prince’s "Large Trees with Gypsies," an important portrait by Hendrick Hondius, and an intriguing rendition of the ascension of Christ attributed to Agostino Carracci, will be on display for the first time in many years. The exhibition will also feature a substantial number of the museum’s newer acquisitions, among them a study by Antoine Coypel for his painting Susanna Accused by the Elders, now in the Museo del Prado, in Madrid; a Crescenzio Onofri landscape from near San Vito Romano; a painterly rendition of Christ clearing the Temple by Jacob Jordaens; and two marvelous sheets by Antonio Domenico Gabbiani. "Old Master Drawings" will also feature three 17th-century drawings bequeathed to the Palmer Museum by Mary Jane Harris.

Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Curator, will give gallery talks in the exhibition at 12:10 p.m. on Oct. 2 and Nov. 6.

All lectures and films are held in the Lipcon Auditorium and all gallery talks begin in the Christoffers Lobby. The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays.

For more information or to request images, please contact Jennifer Cozad, coordinator of membership and public relations, at 814-863-9182 or

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Last Updated August 27, 2009