Thirty Old Master prints will be on view in the Hoopes Gallery from February 28 to May 25, 2009. The collection was recently donated by the family of Leon H. and Marie Buttlar Sparling to The Hyde Collection in memory of the couple. The prints, which consist of engravings, woodcuts, and etchings, survey the major printmaking styles and techniques from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries in both Northern and Southern Europe. Included are impressions by some of the most influential artists working in this period, such as Marcantonio Raimondi (1475/80-1527/34), Albrecht Altdorfer (ca. 1480-1538), Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1616), Jacques Callot (1592-1635), François Boucher (1703-1770), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), and Francisco de Goya (1746-1825).
“Our family always considered The Hyde Collection our home museum,” stated the Sparlings’ son, Tobin, of Houston, Texas, who arranged the donation. “It remained important to my parents throughout their lives. One of my father’s last outings was to The Hyde and my mother quizzed me right up to the very end about the exhibitions I saw at the museum during my visits with her,” he said.