John Taylor Arms (1897-1953), an American etcher who specialized in the depiction of architecture, created prints that astonished viewers with his extraordinary skill in capturing detail. Originally an architect and a great admirer of Gothic architecture, Arms began in 1923 his ambitious project of documenting Europe's major churches through a series of prints. Selected from the Zimmerli’s collection, this exhibition features twenty-six prints dating between 1919 and 1940. Highlights include remarkable prints of the cathedrals of Chartres and Rouen, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame in Paris; exquisite architectural views of Venice; charming glimpses of picturesque Italian and French towns; and the skyline of New York City as it was in 1935.
Organized by Marilyn Symmes, Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts, and Curator of Prints and Drawings.