Hendrick Andriessen (Flemish, before 1607-1655) Vanitas Still-life
Hendrick Andriessen (Flemish, before 1607-1655) Vanitas Still-life

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