List of museums with major collections of European prints and drawings

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This is a list of museums or print rooms with major collections of European old master prints and drawings. This list is incomplete, and should not be regarded as a correct ranking of the major collections. Fuller information is available at print room.

  1. British Museum, London, UK
    50,000 drawings, 2 million prints [1]
  2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art *, New York, US
    15,000 drawings, 1.5 million prints [2]
  3. Albertina, Vienna, Austria
    50,000 drawings, 1 million prints [3] Excludes 25,000 architectural drawings
  4. Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany
    110,000 drawings, 500,000 prints [4]
  5. State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
    39,000 drawings, 486,000 prints [5]
  6. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
    2,000 drawings, 500,000 prints [6] Excludes 600,000 architectural drawings, 100,000 design drawings and 10,000 British drawings [7] (V&A Collecting Plan Including Acquisition & Disposal Policy, August 2004)
  7. National Gallery in Prague, Collection of Prints and Drawings, Prague, Czech Republic
    60,000 drawings, 400,000 prints [8]
  8. Cabinet des Estampes et des Dessins, Strasbourg, France
    200,000 prints and drawings [9]
  9. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
    20,000 drawings, 180,000 prints [10]
  10. Royal Collection, London, UK
    40,000 drawings, 150,000 prints [11] Including 600 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci
  11. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
    140,500 drawings, 43,000 prints [1] The main print collection is at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
  12. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US
    150,000 drawings and prints [12]
  13. Uffizi, Florence, Italy
    120,000 drawings and prints [13]
  14. Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Paris, France
    100,000 prints [14]
  15. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
    11,500 drawings, 60,000 prints [15]
  16. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, France
    10, 500 drawings, 60 0000 prints [16]
  17. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Orléans, France
    10,000 drawings, 50,000 prints [17]
  18. Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
    6,000 drawings, 50,000 prints [18] Includes more than 4,000 Old Master drawings and excludes over 10,000 architectural drawings [19]
  19. Brooklyn Museum, New York, US
    2,000 drawings, 40,000 prints [20]
  20. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
    9000 drawings and prints [21]
  21. Zelandia Illustrata, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    18,000 maps, prints, drawings, photographs, glass negatives, slides and postcards

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2005 Annual Report - Tableau récapitulatif de l’état d'avancement de l'informatisation des collections fin 2005, pg 185