(Excerpt from 'Mr. Kevyn Duane Orr, emergency manager of the city of Detroit: Prevent sale of works from the Detroit Institute of Arts' posted on Change.org. Found here http://www.change.org/petitions/mr-kevyn-duane-orr-emergency-manager-of-the-city-of-detroit-prevent-sale-of-works-from-the-detroit-institute-of-arts)
The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, has one of the largest, most significant art collections in the United States.
In light of the city of Detroit having declared bankruptcy on July 18, 2013, it has been announced that some of the city’s assets, including the renowned collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, could conceivably be sold to pay off the city’s creditors. The collections, which rank among the best in North America, include significant holdings of Italian, Netherlandish, Dutch and Flemish painting. Flemish masterpieces include works by Jan van Eyck, David, van Orley, Massys, Breugel, Cuyp, Hobbema, Hals, van Dyck, Ruisdael, Rembrandt and Rubens. Among the Italian masters represented are Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Fra Angelico, Sasetta, Bellini, Perguino, Titian, Correggio, Parmigianino, Dossi, Bronzino, Carravagio, Veronese, Reni, Batoni, and Tiepolo. The outstanding collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist as well as earlier French painting includes works by Poussin, Claude, de la Tour, Chardin, Fragonard, Delacroix, Courbet, Cezanne, Corot, Degas, Pissaro, Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh. Among the English artists in the collection are Hogarth, Hoppner, Fuseli, Raeburn, Romney, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Constable, and Millais. All this is no more than a sampling: the museum also holds outstanding collections of American, African, African-American, Asian, and Islamic art, as well over 35,000 prints, drawings and photographs. A vital cultural hub in Detroit and the mid-Western United States, the museum is an institution of international standing and importance. The sale and dispersal of its collections would be nothing short of a tragedy. I am therefore asking you to consider signing the following petition, addressed to Mr. Kevyn Duane Orr, the emergency manager of the city of Detroit:
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