Alfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837-1908), Grand Manan, ca. 1885, oil on canvas, gift of the estate of Muriel H. Ober (Class of 1908), through the courtesy of her niece, Mrs. George H. Hamilton (Mary Ober, Class of 1934), photograph Laura Shea, 1965.268.I(b).PI
Alfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837-1908), Grand Manan, ca. 1885, oil on canvas, gift of the estate of Muriel H. Ober (Class of 1908), through the courtesy of her niece, Mrs. George H. Hamilton (Mary Ober, Class of 1934), photograph Laura Shea, 1965.268.I(b).PI

Highlights

Primary strengths of the Art Museum’s collection include Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art, Medieval sculpture and early Italian Renaissance paintings, Dutch and Italian 17th-century paintings, Asian art, American paintings and sculpture, Pre-Columbian and Native American art, and an extensive collection of drawings, prints, and photographs. 

Among the highlights of the collection are:

  • a dramatic 2nd-century Roman portrait of Faustina the Elder (wife of the emperor Antoninus Pius)
  • a rare Greek bronze statuette of a youth
  • a gem-like panel painting of an angel from Duccio’s celebrated Maestà altarpiece (ca. 1308-11)
  • the only known pair of screens by Yukinobu (1643-82), the most distinguished Japanese woman painter of the Edo Period
  • a stone sculpture of the god Ganesh from 11th-century India
  • Albert Bierstadt’s luminous view of Hetch Hetchy Canyon, California, the first acquisition of the museum at its founding in 1876

Recently acquired objects include:

  • paintings by Larry Rivers, John Constable, Henri-Joseph Harpignies, David Ryckaert III, and Isabel Bishop
  • mixed media pieces by Jane Hammond, Kiki Smith, and Stuart Diamond
  • sculptures by Aristide Maillol, Niki de Saint-Phalle, and Henry Moore
  • photographs by Andy Warhol, Matthew Brady, Dorothea Lange, Roger Fenton, Weegee, and Rosamond Purcell
  • drawings and prints by Fernand Leger, Elizabeth Catlett, Pablo Picasso, Salvator Rosa, Honore Daumier, and George Bellows
  • decorative arts in the form of Renaissance pharmacy jars, Roman glass, and silver by Hester Bateman
  • two substantial collections of Greek and Roman coins