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Frozen in Flight: Taxidermy Birds from The Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University:

May 27 – August 22, 2016

Rincliffe Gallery

Observe spectacular bird specimens on loan from the Academy of Natural Science..

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The Drexel Collection: Celebrating 125 Years:

September 9, 2016 – January 4, 2017

Rincliffe Gallery

Learn how The Drexel Collection has evolved over the past 125 years.

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Curator Pick of the Month

Title: Urn
Artist: Saxon Porcelain Manufactory
Creation Date: late 19th century
Origin: Potschappel, Germany
Medium: Hard-paste porcelain

As spring blooms into full swing, The Drexel Collection chose this Saxon Porcelain Urn as May’s Curator Pick of the Month. This large urn encompasses a number of elements characteristic of German porcelain. The crisp modeled flowers, scattered floral sprigs and elaborate figures are reminiscent of works produced at the Meissen Factory under the famous sculptor Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706–1775). The Meissen Porcelain Factory, located near Dresden, Germany, was the first European producer to discover the secret of hard-paste porcelain, which was long held by the Chinese. Hard-paste porcelain was highly sought after because of its white body, high firing temperature, making it impermeable, and delicateness.

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New and Conserved Pieces

Tall-case clock and Portrait of Anthony J. Drexel
Donated fall of 2015, this tall case clock comes from the Drexel family office and was used in the original Drexel & Co. bank building of 1885 located at 5th and Chestnut.

President James MacAlister's Desk
Conserved in 2015, this desk can be found on the 3rd floor of the Main Building and is often used by students and staff.

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Welcome to the Collection

Drexel University, initially Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, was founded on the belief that education should be both practical and cultural—and that art should be not only beautiful, but educational. On that principle, The Drexel Collection—the University’s flagship collection of art—was founded alongside the University in 1891. Today, the Collection remains a resource for historically and culturally significant works of art as Drexel University pioneers a model for the modern, urban university.