The Israel Museum in Jerusalem announced on Sept. 6 a joint gift of a cohesive body of portraiture by Richard Avedon from Leonard Lauder, Larry Gagosian and the Richard Avedon Foundation.

Totaling 74 photographs created between 1969 and 1979, the donation was initiated by Lauder in collaboration with the other patrons to ensure that the artist was represented within the museum's encyclopedic holdings.

"We are pleased that this core collection will now become a part of the photography holdings of the Israel Museum," said James Martin, executive director of the Richard Avedon Foundation. "We believe that Richard Avedon, who was so proud of his Jewish identity, would be very happy to see this important body of work exhibited in Jerusalem."

The acquisition marks the first works by Avedon to enter the museum's photography collection.