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The Georgetown List:
10 Fascinating Works in the University Art Collection

Many alumni fondly (some perhaps not so fondly) recall spending long hours in Lauinger Library while at Georgetown. Despite all that time spent in the stacks, you may have missed the Special Collections section on the fifth floor. Housed there is the University Art Collection—a diverse collection of paintings, sculpture and objets d’art that has been assembled through the generous gifts of alumni and friends. Here are some highlights from the collection that are worth seeing.

  • Peter Henry Emerson, Setting Up the Bow-Net, 1886
  • Master of Hoogstraeten, Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Barbara, c. 1525
  • Giovanni Toscani, Annunciation, c. 1425
  • Michael Wolgemut, Dance of Death, 1493
  • M.C. Escher, Dream (Mantis Religiosa), 1935
  • Jacob Kainen, Fabulous Manipulator, 1973
  • Lynn Ward, Unpublished illustration for the book Prince Bantam by May McNeer, 1929
  • James Alexander Simpson, Self-Portrait, 1847
  • Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Three Heads of Women, 1637 (printed 19th century)
  • Henry Mosler, Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1912
Michael Wolgemut, Dance of Death, 1493

Michael Wolgemut

Dance of Death


Woodcut leaf from The Nuremberg Chronicle
7.5 x 8.75 in.
Library purchase, 2010

This piece appears in The Nurnberg Chronicle, the first book to be printed in Europe that documents human history according to the Bible and covers the history of several important European cities. This image has been particularly influential in the history of visual art. It serves as a reminder of mortality and the human condition and is arguably the most famous in the series by Wolgemut.