The Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection of almost 20,000 prints is known internationally for its high quality and rare impressions. The collection covers the history of printmaking in Europe from its beginnings in the mid-15th century to the present, with strengths in the areas of pre-1500 Italian and German prints, 17th-century Dutch prints, and 19th-century French prints. It also features noteworthy examples of 20th-century American etching, German Expressionism, and postwar lithography, as well as a substantial selection of modern Japanese prints. The collection was shaped through curatorial purchases and gifts from local collectors, with the distinction of more than 100 years of support from the Print Club of Cleveland.