Robert Rauschenberg 1925-2008

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), Rauschenberg. XXXIV Drawings for Dante’s Inferno (New York: H. N. Abrams, 1964). Limited to 300 sets signed by the artist. Princeton set also signed by Harry Abrams. Graphic Arts Collection GA 2006.00181-00213

Sadly, Robert Rauschenberg died on Monday night at the age of 82. One of many obituaries for this great artist can be read at

The Graphic Arts division is fortunate to hold a set of publisher’s proofs for Rauschenberg’s print edition of XXXIV Drawings for Dante’s Inferno, published in 1964 by Harry Abrams. This collotype portfolio reproduces the 34 drawings in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A great source of information about the Dante project and many of Rauschenberg’s other works of art is Mary Lynn Kotz’s Rauschenberg, Art and Life, revised 2004 Marquand Library SA ND237.R187 K679 2004.