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The European and American Collections


The European and American collections include objects encompassing a 700-year time period, dating from the thirteenth century to the present. These collections include paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, drawings, and decorative arts that comprise about 2,500 objects in the total collection. Illustrated here is a selection of objects representing the cultural breadth and various mediums of the Museum’s holdings.

The painting collection began in 1961, when ten Italian Renaissance works and four later European works were presented to the Museum by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through generous donations and educated purchases, the Museum is now home to over 200 paintings, which include works by notable artists such as Altobello Melone, Paris Bordone, Jan van Goyen, Hubert Robert, Alfred Bierstadt, George Caleb Bingham, Grace Hartigan, and Thomas Hart Benton.

Though sculpture and decorative arts comprise a relatively small group of objects, some of the works included in that collection are Gothic and Baroque devotional figures, finely crafted miniatures, and luxury domestic objects from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as twentieth-century examples by Max Klinger, Ernest Trova, Dale Chihuly, and Nam June Paik.

Finally, approximately 2,000 original prints and drawings form a collection that spans five centuries of artistic achievement. These represent a myriad of exemplary artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Honoré Daumier, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Mary Cassatt, Henri Matisse, and Andy Warhol, among many others.

(Use the links on the right to see this online exhibition.)

Fifty Golden Years links:

Antiquities Collection
- Introduction
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European & American Collections
- Introduction
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Non-Western Collections
- Introduction
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