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Brought to life: Rembrandt-era masterpieces in the Peck Collection at the Ackland Art Museum A compilation of over 70 Dutch drawings from the 17th century, including works by Rembrandt. Many of these works are unpublished and rarely exhibited. The drawings are sensitive to light, and the number of exhibitions is small, so it is a valuable exhibition that cannot be overlooked. From September 23, 2022 to December 31, he will be held in Acland, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after drawn to life Go to the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam.

It was the first major exhibition of the Peck collection since it was donated to Acland, the museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sheldon and Lena Peck, drawn to life Landscapes, portraits, preparatory studies, biblical and historical scenes are brought together to form a dynamic group of paintings by some of the finest artists of the time. Paintings by well-known and lesser-known artists are displayed side by side, demonstrating the discerning eye that Pecks has developed over his 40-plus years. Pecks’ groundbreaking gift of over 130 Dutch and Flemish drawings established Ackland as one of the few public university museums in the United States where scholars and students could study Northern European drawings in depth. .

Pieter van Laer (attributed), “Figures Dancing Around a Fire” (c. 1625-30), pen and brown ink and gray wash on blue paper, 9 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches (The Peck Collection, 2020.3 )

Organized around five thematic groups, drawn to life It celebrates the creativity and skill of Dutch artists who explored the beauty of the natural world and the many facets of humanity. A catalog by Dr. Robert Fuch, one of his co-curators of the exhibition, showcases the breadth of Peck’s collection. A website dedicated to the Peck Collection,, will be launched with the show.

free and low-cost public programs related to drawn to life Include curator tours. Drawing classes for all ages. Take-home art kit for families. Concert of Dutch keyboard and viol music. Lectures by Wayne Franitz, expert in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art. Actoberfest event with beer and cheese pairings and still life drawing stations.Art and Literature Discussion on Nina Segal’s Novels anatomy lessonEntry to Acland is always free.

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drawn to life Curated by Dr. Dana Cowen, Dr. Sheldon Peck, curator of pre-1950 European and American art, and Dr. Robert Futch.

Aelbert Cuyp, “Five Studies of Recumbent Sheep” (detail), black chalk on paper, black chalk with oil, graywash, sheet: 6 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches (Peck Collection, 18 Jan 2017)
Nicolaes Berchem, ‘Travelers in an Italian Landscape’ (1655), brush and brown and gray ink over black chalk on paper, 5 11/16 x 7 7/8 inches (Peck Collection, 2017.1.3)
Lambert Doomer, Village Landscape with Houses Over Narrow Canal and Pig-backed Bridge (1645), pen and brown ink, brushed with gray ink on paper, sheet: 8 7/8 x 16 3/ 8 inches (Peck Collection, 2017.1.20)