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Frozen in Flight: Taxidermy Birds from The Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University:

May 27 – August 22, 2016

Rincliffe Gallery

Observe spectacular bird specimens on loan from the Academy of Natural Science..

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The Drexel Collection: Celebrating 125 Years:

September 9, 2016 – January 4, 2017

Rincliffe Gallery

Learn how The Drexel Collection has evolved over the past 125 years.

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Curator Pick of the Month

Title: Romulus and Remus
Artist: Artist Unknown
Creation Date: 19th century
Origin: Unknown
Medium: Bronze

For the month of April, the Drexel Collection chose this bronze sculpture of the Capitoline she-wolf feeding the twin brothers, Romulus and Remus. As legend has it, Romulus and Remus are responsible for the creation of the city of Rome on April 21, 753 BCE. Abandoned by their parents by the Tiber River, the twin brothers are saved by a series of miraculous interventions, when the river takes them to safety, and are then nursed to health by a she-wolf. The twins are soon discovered by a shepherd and his wife, who continue to raise the brothers. When they are adults, Romulus and Remus decide to return to the area where the wolf found them and establish a city. While arguing about the location, Remus is killed in the dispute, leaving Romulus as the sole founder of the city.

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New and Conserved Pieces

Tall-case clock and Portrait of Anthony J. Drexel
Donated fall of 2015, this tall case clock comes from the Drexel family office and was used in the original Drexel & Co. bank building of 1885 located at 5th and Chestnut.

President James MacAlister's Desk
Conserved in 2015, this desk can be found on the 3rd floor of the Main Building and is often used by students and staff.

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Welcome to the Collection

Drexel University, initially Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, was founded on the belief that education should be both practical and cultural—and that art should be not only beautiful, but educational. On that principle, The Drexel Collection—the University’s flagship collection of art—was founded alongside the University in 1891. Today, the Collection remains a resource for historically and culturally significant works of art as Drexel University pioneers a model for the modern, urban university.