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About the Prints Collection

The Print Department is responsible for over 26,000 prints, posters and illustrated books from the 15th century to the present.  A core collection of old master prints donated by Herbert Greer French with notable examples by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Blake, and Francisco Goya. The Albert P. Strietmann collection of color lithographs featuring the lithographs of Toulouse Lautrec and a cross section of international lithographers from the 1950s and early 1960s. Eastern European printmakers including Jíří Anderle and Vladimír Gažovic̆. Special holdings of Japanese ukiyo-e masters Utagawa Hiroshige and Utagawa Kunisada through the sosaku hanga talents of Munakata Shikō, Kosaka Gajin and contemporaries Ay-O, Shinoda Tōkō and Noda Tetsuya.  A strong cross section of American printmakers from the nineteenth through the present featuring James Abbott Whistler with a special focus on Cincinnatian’s Frank Duveneck, Jim Dine, Thom Shaw and posters by The Strobridge Lithographing Company.

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Featured Objects

black and white engraving of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve

Albrecht Dürer, 1943.193

Black and white etching of Jacob Haaringh Jacob Haaringh ("Young Haaringh")

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1943.316

black and white etching of a docked sailboat Nocturne

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1943.596

several drawings of distorted human figures and faces Cruel Game for a Man

ří Anderle, 1976.332

abstract carving of several female figures Childbirth

Shikō Munakata, 1983.177


About the Curator

Kristin Spangenberg serves as Curator of Prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has more than 40 years of experience in her field, having previously served as Assistant Curator of Prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Assistant Curator of Graphic Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Ms. Spangenberg earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis, and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She also served an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Print & Photograph Department and has participated in various seminars. She is a member of the Print Council of America and the Circus Historical Society. Ms. Spangenberg has lectured on many topics, including recent lectures on Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and Frank Duveneck. She has also written catalogues for many of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibitions on prints, drawings and photographs. Most recently she has contributed to and edited The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company (2011).