Collection Theme

Master European and American Printmakers

Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection boasts impressive works by some of the most important European and American printmakers across many centuries.

Holdings include more than 80 woodcuts and engravings by renowned Northern Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer; 65 etchings and drypoints by Rembrandt van Rijn; and numerous large-scale and highly detailed etchings, drypoints, and engravings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. One of the most important objects in the museum's collection is the rare, complete first edition of Francisco de Goya’s Los Caprichos (The Caprices), an extended satirical meditation on superstitions, political corruption, and oppression and social vices in Goya’s Spain. In the realm of late-19th-century and early-20th-century printmaking, the museum owns move than 120 important prints by James Abbott McNeill Whistler; 63 by Childe Hassam; and 19, including many color prints, by Mary Cassatt. These represent highpoints in Aesthetic and Impressionist printmaking.