Exhibition Details

Location: Harnett and Ullman Gallery
Dates: April 26, 2017
to December 29, 2019
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 Anthony van Dyck from his Genoa period and the great Death of Seneca (c. 1625), by Gerrit van Honthorst. 

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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, a support group of Phoenix Art Museum, Nancy Hanley, and Mary and Bill Way.



April 26, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. 

Phoenix Art Museum partnered 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 spoke 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.


Free for Museum Members, Military Members, and youth aged 5 and under.

General Admission:
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID) 
— Children (Ages 6-17)

All exhibitions and installations are included with General Admission. 

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This exhibition is open to the public during voluntary-donation, pay-what-you-wish admission hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and from noon–5 pm on the second Sunday of each month.
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Jacob de Backer the Younger, The Last Judgement (detail), 16th century. Oil on panel. Long term loan from the Schorr Collection.

Anton Van Dyck, Genoese Nobleman (detail), 17th century. Oil on canvas. Long term loan from the Schorr Collection.

Peter Lely, Portrait of Barbara Palmer (1641-1709) (detail), née Villiers, Lady Castlemaine and Duchess of Cleveland, 17th century. Oil on canvas. Long term loan from the Schorr Collection.

Gerrit van Honthorst, Death of Seneca, c. 1625. Oil on canvas. Long term loan from the Schorr Collection.