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Pictures of the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints:

February 29 – May 6, 2016

Rincliffe Gallery

Surround yourself with the beautiful images of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints from The Drexel Collections over two-hundred prints.

Coming Soon

Frozen in Flight: Taxidermy Birds from The Academy of Natural Science, 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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Curator Pick of the Month

Title: Dojoji (Dojo Temple)
Artist: Artist Unknown
Creation Date: Date Unknown
Origin: Japan
Medium: Woodblock print

For November, The Drexel Collection chose this intriguing piece from the collection’s extensive variety of Japanese woodblock prints. This print captures a moment from popular kabuki play, “The Maiden at the Dojo Temple”. In this scene, the young maiden transforms herself into a demon, after realizing that her love for a young priest is unrequited. On stage, a skillful actor would achieve the effect of the transformation through a rapid costume change by wearing multiple layers that could be easily removed. p>

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New and Conserved Pieces

Model of a Greek Temple
Discovered on the 4th floor of the Main Building in early 2013, this model of a Greek temple was built in 1898 as a teaching aid for the Architectural Drawing program at the Drexel Institute.

Portrait of a Woman
Just returned to The Drexel Collection, this portrait of a woman by Francis Martin Drexel reveals the sumptuous embroidery and lace bonnet previously disguised by discoloration.

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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.