“A work of art that is never seen is little better off than a work of art that has never been created.”
~Lessing J. Rosenwald
On Monday, October 17th, staff and friends visited the Library of Congress for a tour of the Rosenwald Collection with Stephanie Stillo, Lessing J. Rosenwald Curator. Lessing and Edith Rosenwald were the owners of Alverthorpe Manor which is home to the Abington Art Center today. The wing that now houses our Studio School was designed as a private museum to house Mr. Rosenwald’s major rare book and print collection. The Rosenwald Collection remains one of the world’s platinum collections, exceptional in its breadth and depth, but also in its quality and condition. It includes over 2,600 rare books, 24,000 fine art prints and drawings and a supporting reference library of over five thousand volumes. Mr. Rosenwald gave unprecedented access to his collection while it was in Jenkintown and he was known for being generous with his time, personally guiding visiting scholars and several generations of art students through the collection. This tour was an amazing opportunity to view this first hand! We look forward to visiting the collection again and incorporating its rich history into our mission for the future.