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Collection: European Art

HIGHLIGHTS

FULL COLLECTION

The Legend of Santa Sophronia Ugolino, Torso of a Child (Ugolin, Torse dun enfant) Doña Mariana Belsunse y Salasar Woman in an Armchair (Femme au fauteuil) The Doges Palace (Le Palais ducal) Saint Joseph with the Flowering Rod Don Ignacio Leonel Gómez Cervantes Portrait of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero The Philosopher (Le Philosophe) Virgin and Child with Four Angels and the Redeemer Portrait of Mme Boursier and Her Daughter (Portrait de Mme Boursier et de sa fille) Madonna of Humility, portable altarpiece Doña Josefa de la Cotera y Calvo de la Puerta, Marquesa of Rivas Cacho Saint John of God The Fugitive, Study for Timon of Athens Saint Jerome, part of an altarpiece The Wounded Cuirassier, study (Le Cuirassier blessé quittant le feu, esquisse) God the Father with Four Angels and the Dove of the Holy Spirit Triptych: Madonna with Saints and Christ Blessing (Center); The Nativity and the Annunciate Angel (Left Wing); Crucifixion and the Virgin Annunciate (Right Wing) Andromeda (Andromède) Predella with Annunciation and Scenes from the Lives of Four Saints Andrieu dAndres, Head of the Reduction, with Fragments of the Hand (Andrieu dAndres, tête de la réduction avec fragments de main) Study from a Statuette of a Cupid (Étude de lAmour plâtre); Verso: Drapery Study Portrait of a Lady as Mary Magdalen The Village of Gardanne (Le Village de Gardanne) Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels Portrait of Jean de Carondelet Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Zenobius, John the Baptist, Reparata and John the Evangelist Madonna of Humility Monument to the Burghers of Calais, First Maquette (Monument des Bourgeois de Calais, première maquette) Virgin of Quito Head of the Madonna

COLLECTION HISTORY

Our collection of European art comprises approximately 6,600 objects. In addition to over 600 paintings and almost 5,600 works on paper, the collection also includes more than 100 Spanish colonial pictures and approximately 300 sculptures. Within those total numbers, important sub-collections include over 400 works on paper by James Tissot, devoted to The Life of Jesus Christ and acquired by public subscription in 1900; a comprehensive group of German Expressionist prints; an excellent example of Pablo Picasso's Minotauromachia; a lifetime printing of Francisco de Goya y Lucientes' Caprichos in its original binding; over 100 sculptures by Antoine-Louis Barye; and more than sixty sculptures by Auguste Rodin, most of them gifts of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor.

The two core areas of the painting collection are the Italian and Northern Schools before 1800; and French painting, together with other Continental schools, of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection of early Renaissance Italian paintings, largely formed at the turn of the twentieth century and bequeathed to the Museum by Frank L. Babbott and his heirs, is a significant concentration of panels, most of them small and of excellent quality, known internationally to scholars in the field. To this already notable collection the Museum added Nardo di Cione's majestic Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints in 1995 and its long-lost pinnacle of Christ Blessing in 2000—an altarpiece universally regarded as among the most important fourteenth-century paintings in America.

French paintings constitute the great strength of the nineteenth-century collections. Important movements in the second half of the century are represented by impressive holdings of Barbizon pictures, and by a number of works by the most notable Impressionists—including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, and Berthe Morisot—many of which were among the first works of their kind in American public collections. In addition, we have an interesting selection of Salon paintings, put on view periodically to demonstrate various trends in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century academic taste. Inspired by the exhibition In the Light of Italy: Corot and Early Open-Air Painting, organized by the Brooklyn Museum (with the National Gallery of Art) in 1996–97, an impressive collection of landscape sketches that covers the chronological span of the subject, from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, has been assembled.

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