Exhibition Details


Location: Harnett and Ullman Gallery
Dates: April 26, 2017
to April 25, 2018
David and Hannah Lewis have spent four decades carefully and painstakingly amassing one of the most important collections of Old Master and 19th-century paintings in the world, and one of the largest private collections in the United Kingdom. With their first purchase in 1967, the Lewises were not art experts, first beginning their collection for the sole purpose of finding art to hang on the walls of their new home in North London. What would transpire would become a passion that would consume their lives for decades to come, and forever transform the galleries of museums all over the world. 

Today, the Schorr Collection, named for the family of Hannah Lewis, numbers more than 500 works, ranging from tender 15th-century devotional images through to 19th-century French impressionist landscapes and 20th-century Modern Masters. Rather than sequester the treasures of their collection away in private galleries, the Lewis family shares works from the Schorr Collection, one of the largest private collections in the United Kingdom, with public museums on a long-term basis.

A recipient of long-term loans from the Schorr Collection in 2013, Phoenix Art Museum will now welcome an additional 30 paintings. This significant group will include a full-length 17-century portrait by Antony van Dyck from his Genoa period and the great Death of Seneca (c. 1625), by Gerard van Honthorst. The new works will also include three series by Francisco Goya: Los CaprichosDisasters of War, and Los Proverbios (19th century).

Selections from the Schorr Collection is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and made possible through the generosity of David and Hannah Lewis.

This long-term loan was made possible through the generous support of Friends of European Art.

Community Lecture

"On the Trail of Nazi Art Thieves" off-site lecture at the VOSJCC on April 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. 

Phoenix Art Museum will partner with Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (VOSJCC) to host a community presentation by David and Hannah Lewis, founders of the internationally-renowned Schorr Collection. Mr. Lewis will speak on his role as co-founder of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, which seeks to restore objects of art looted by the Nazis from 1933-1945 to their rightful owners or their descendants. Mrs. Lewis, who was born in Poland in 1937, will also speak on her experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust. The couple will also share their unique perspectives on London’s Jewish community in 2017.

The event will be hosted offsite at the VOSJCC, located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.

Tickets to the community lecture and discussion are offered at $10 to the general public, and $5 for Members of Phoenix Art Museum or the VOSJCC. Tickets are available at bit.ly/LewisAtVOSJCC. Please call 602.257.1880 for more details. 

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Image Credits

Exhibition Page: Bartholomeus Strobel the Younger, Belshazzar's Feast, late 16th-mid 17th century. Oil on canvas. Long term loan from the Schorr Collection.

Left: Vincent Sellaer, Judith with the head of Holofernes, late 16th century. Oil on panel. Long term loan from the Schorr Collection.

Right: Jacob de Backer the Younger, The Last Judgement, 16th century. Oil on panel. Long term loan from the Schorr Collection.