Valued at $17 million, the collection is the largest donation in the history of the Ackland. It contains 134 drawings, including seven drawings by Rembrandt and one of the only existing drawings with notation by Rembrandt.
Peck said the three pieces on display are not only a good summary of his collection, but also help to showcase the abilities of the artists.
“It’s just a marvelous life study to view these works,” he said. “They’re representative of the quality of the masterwork that I associate with each of these artists. It will reward a person who gets up close and after a minute or two says, ‘My god, how did they do it?’ One can finally get a sense of what true genius in art really is.”
Peck said he also thinks today’s art world is influenced by scale and shock value and that his collection may remind audiences of a simpler — but no less powerful — style that is much less prevalent in today’s art community.