The Scientific Library of the PAAS and the PAS in Cracow

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The Scientific Library of the PAAS and the PAS in Cracow has opulent graphic collection. It originated from the prints given by the Polish Library in Paris and the Moszyński collection bought by the PAAS in 1929. In 1935 the PAAS Print Room was opened to public. After the PAAS’s assets were appropriated on behalf of the PAS, the Print Room was incorporated to the Library as its Graphic Collections Department.


The most prominent part of the Graphic Collections are Dutch and Flemish Prints that includes works by Lucas van Leyden, Hieronymus Cock, Rembrandt and his followers: Jan Lievens, Jan van Vliet, Ferdinand Bol; landscape artists: Allaert van Everdingen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Jan Both; animal painters: Paulus Potter, Adriaen van de Velde. It also has many prints from the Antwerp’s publishers: Philip Galle, Hans Collaert, Wierix and Sadeler families, as well as engravers working for Peter Paul Rubens: Lucas Vorsterman, Paul Pontius, Bolswert Brothers et al. Among French prints our most notable works come from 17th-18th centuries. They are engravings and etchings by Jacques Callot, Jacques Philippe Lebas, Nicolas de Larmessin, and Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet. Our collection of German prints consists mostly of the 15th-16th century woodcuts and engravings by Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Altdorfer, Beham brothers, and Hopfer family from Augsbursg. Italian prints are represented by the works of Andrea Mantegna, Marcantonio Raimondi, Parmigianino, Stefano della Bella, and Giambattista Piranesi. This rich collection is supplemented by English 18th century prints and less significant works from Poland, Czechia, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland.


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