What do old Italian drawings have to do with shells, rocks, coins and other curiosities fro across the globe? These diverse objects were all donated to museums by George Hubbard Clapp (1858-1949), and aluminum industry pioneer whose collecting across art and science made him something of a modern-day Renaissance man. The Curious Drawings of Doctor Clapp, an exhibition at the University Art Gallery, rediscovers a collection of early modern drawings and the collector that brought them to the University, Dating from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, undergraduate museum studies students have worked with my colleague Christopher Nygren and I to conduct in-depth research that sheds new light on this collection and its donor. The student catalogue entries are published in an exhibition catalogue, which also includes essays by Pitt faculty and graduate students and my essay on their prior owner titled 'Before Clapp: The Drawings of Mary Burgwin Denny'.
The exhibition is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and runs until December 6. Find out more at the UAG website