In January 2017, the Ackland Art Museum received its largest gift to date when Sheldon Peck (UNC-Chapel Hill, BS ’63, DDS ’66) and his wife Leena donated their extraordinary collection of 134 mostly 17th-century Dutch and Flemish master drawings, as well as significant funds for the stewardship of the collection, new acquisitions, and an endowed curatorial position in European and American art before 1950.
Focus on the Peck Collection is an ongoing series of installations selected from the Peck Collection and the Ackland’s other holdings of related works of art, with the goal of supporting education in comparative looking, historical analysis, and appreciation of quality.
Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father.
The theme of the third in our ongoing series of selections from the recently donated Peck Collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings takes its cue from one of the drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn in the Collection. On view is Rembrandt’s depiction of the Biblical scene known as “Noli me tangere,” when Mary Magdalene recognizes the voice of the resurrected Jesus, whom she had taken for a gardener, as he tells her not to touch him (John 20:16-17).
Accompanying the Dutch master’s rendering of this poignant moment are contrasting versions of the same scene by two other early modern Northern European artists: a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer and a painting by Gerard Seghers.
Focus on the Peck Collection is made possible by the Ackland’s Peck Collection Endowment Fund.