ERIC WHEELER/DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS

ERIC WHEELER/DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS

Many collectors are drawn to painting and sculpture. That’s not the case with Marianne and Alan Schwartz, who, for over 60 years, have been collecting prints. Their comprehensive collection includes over 400 works and covers over 400 years of Western art history. In 1990, they loaned their collection to the Detroit Institute of Arts to be showcased in an exhibition entitled “Master Prints of Five Centuries: The Alan and Marianne Schwartz Collection.” That was not their first interaction with the museum, however. The Schwartz family has been intimately involved with DIA for nearly half of the museum’s 130-year history.

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Marianne and Alan Schwartz

Location:
Birmingham, Michigan

Source of wealth:
Law practice

Collecting area:
19th-century and early 20th-century European and American prints; Old Masters

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Fun fact:

In 2013, when the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, Attorney General Schuette approached the DIA to see if its art collection could be sold to help pay the city’s debt. Alan Schwartz represented the DIA as its attorney and responded to the request bluntly: “The answer is ‘no.’ ”