Sheldon Peck couldn’t stop beaming throughout the announcement of the Ackland’s largest gift ever, an $8 million endowment and 134 original Dutch and Flemish drawings – including seven Rembrandts – valued at $17 million.
With the Peck Collection gift, the Ackland becomes the first public university art museum in the United States to own a collection of drawings by Rembrandt and only the second university art museum in the nation to do so.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Study of a West African Woman (c. 1633-1635)
Paul Brill, View of a Harbor with a Tower (c. 1600)
Rembrandt van Rijn, Canal and Boats with a Distant View of Amsterdam (c. 1640)
“Leena and I are very happy and proud to bestow upon the Ackland Art Museum treasures remarkably preserved for nearly 400 years, from an artistic golden age in Europe,” said Sheldon Peck.
Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp, Five Studies of Recumbent Sheep (c. 1646)
“We want this enrichment to continue by gifting these now unattainable great objects to a marvelous university museum, the Ackland, where they can be shared with the community and the world in perpetuity.”
Esaias van de Velde, Landscape with a Group of Trees (c. 1620)
“Leena and I hope you will relish and enjoy this new addition of European artistic achievement – the Peck Collection – now to make its permanent home in the Ackland’s beautiful and growing section of Blue Heaven. [We] love each one of these as part of our family. We know here at the Ackland Museum, these objects are going to get their due.”
Jacob Jordaens, Portrait of Elizabeth van Noort, the Artist's Mother-in-law (c. 1630s)