Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

The Guiding Hand of Past Masters

If you’re a book lover, you might enjoy exploring the Pulverer Collection of Japanese Illustrated Books, acquired in 2007 by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Formed over a span of thirty years by Dr. Gerhard Pulverer and his wife Rosemarie, the collection includes over 900 titles (totaling approximately 2,200 volumes) mostly from the Edo period (1603–1868), although there are a number of twentieth-century works as well.