Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
The Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University has contributed more than 2,000 images of prints and photographs from their permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library.
The Davison Art Center (DAC) collection consists of some 24,000 works of art on paper, mostly prints and photographs, with smaller numbers of works in other media. The selection in Artstor includes many highlights and provides a focus on the European prints from the 17th through the 19th centuries.
The print collection at the Center is considered to be one of the most important at an American university. It includes fine impressions by Dürer and Northern and Italian Renaissance artists; Rembrandt and his contemporaries; Goya; nineteenth-century French painter-printmakers such as Manet and Millet; and American modern and contemporary artists, especially Jim Dine. The collection includes multiple states of many prints, providing a historical window into printmaking techniques and creative processes. There are also about 600 Japanese ukiyo-e woodcuts and significant holdings illuminating the early histories of mezzotint and lithography.
The DAC's photographs range from calotypes and daguerreotypes made in the 1840s, to work by later photographers such as Lewis Hine and Berenice Abbott, to images by contemporary artists including Duane Michals and Cindy Sherman.
The DAC collection also includes a small number of paintings and three-dimensional objects, as well as contemporary artists' books.