The Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. Gallery displays highlights of European and American prints, drawings, and illustrated books from the Museum's vast holdings of works on paper. Because of their sensitivity to light, these works cannot be on permanent exhibition; each installation remains on view for approximately 13 weeks. The rotations of the gallery consist of diverse pieces—new acquisitions as well as works that might not find their way into a major exhibition. They are selected to show the breadth and quality of the Museum's holdings, ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
Highlights from this rotation include Old Master and modern works that engage the theme of repetition, including drawings by Italian artists Annibale Carracci (1560–1609), Mauro Gandolfi (1764–1834), and Carlo Maratti (1625–1713); prints by American artists Anders Bergstrom (born 1971), Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997), Barnett Newman (1905–1970), Henry Pearson (1914–2006), and Susan Schwalb (born 1944), as well as Swiss artists Pierrette Bloch (born 1928) and Dieter Roth (1930–1998); drawings and prints from the 17th through the 19th century showcasing artists' interpretations of Jerusalem through the lens of history, religion, and mythology; a selection of drawings by Fra Bartolomeo (1473–1517) that explores the broad range of the artist's style and technique as a draftsman on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death; and posters, postcards, and photographs that focus on the burgeoning state of California in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Florence Lundborg (American, 1871–1949). The Lark: November, 1895. Woodcut; sheet: 16 3/8 x 9 7/8 in. (41.6 x 25.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Leonard A. Lauder Collection of American Posters, Gift of Leonard A. Lauder, 1984 (1984.1202.61)