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 David's wife, Hannah, numbers more than 500 works, ranging from tender 15th-century devotional images to 19th-century French impressionist landscapes and 20th-century Modern Masters.
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; The Lamentation (1558) by Pieter Jansz, and the great Death of Seneca (c. 1625), by Gerard van Honthorst. The new works will also include three series by Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos, Disasters 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.
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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.