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|Guide to art galleries and museums in the world with
permanent art collections featuring the work of old masters or historically
important artists. Click on name of gallery/museum to visit respective
Gallery Of New South Wales
| Sydney - Home to some of the world's
most outstanding collections of art. Collections include Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Art, Asian Art, Australian Paintings, Contemporary
art and Photography both Australian and international. Western art includes
drawings, Modern Art, pre 1900 paintings, prints, pre 1900 sculptures, Watercolours.
Web Address: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
Gallery of Australia
|Canberra - National Collection of Aboriginal
& Torres Strait islander art, Asian art, Australian art and International
art. International art collection is mostly modern, but also includes a
small but historically significant group of European works pre-1800, highlights
of which are works by Peter Paul Rubens and Giambattista Tiepolo. Highlights
of the international collection of modern art include pieces by Jackson
Pollock and Willem de Kooning. The international collection also includes
a small but select group of objects and textiles from Africa, from indigenous
North America and Pre-Columbian America.
Web Address: www.nga.gov.au
|Assembled by the Habsburgs, the museum
collections are amongst the most important and spectacular in the world,
and range from Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities to collections
of Medieval Art, and to splendid Renaissance and Baroque Collections. Archduke
Leopold Wilhelm founded the picture gallery around the middle of the 17th
century with works acquired while he was Governor of the Netherlands. His
collection of some 1400 paintings consist mainly of Venetian Renaissance
pieces by artists such as Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto, but also include
major works of 15th to 17th century Flemish masters such as van Eyck, Rubens
and van Dyck.
Web Address: www.khm.at
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
|Brussels - The Museum of Ancient Art
houses a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the
15th to the 18th century, the core of which is made up of works confiscated
during the revolutionary period and works of art deposited by the French
State. Bulk of the collection are paintings from the Southern Netherlands
and includes panels of Primitive Flemish artists such as Rogier van der
Weyden and Hieronymus Bosch and 4 important paintings by Bruegel. Other
work includes sketches by Rubens, all the paintings of Jacob Jordaens and
portraits by Anthony van Dyck.
Museum of Modern Art houses works of art from the end of the 18th century
up to the modern period: paintings, sculptures and drawings.
Web Address: www.fine-arts-museum.be
Gallery of Canada
|Ottawa - National collection of art
with special but not exclusive reference to Canada. Collections of European,
American and Asian art, Contemporary Art, Inuit Art, Media Arts, Modern
Art, Photographs, Canadian Prints and Drawings, European and American Prints
Web Address: national.gallery.ca
Gallery in Prague
|Collections include: European Art from
the Classical Era to the Close of the Baroque, Medieval Art in Bohemia and
Central Europe, Mannerism and Baroque in Bohemia, Art of the 19th, 20th
and 21st Centuries, Asian Art
Web Address: www.ngprague.cz
Museum for Kunst
|Copenhagen - The Danish national gallery,
featuring 700 years of Western art and cultural history in collections constituting
almost 9,000 paintings and sculptures, around 300,000 works of art on paper
and over 2,600 plaster casts. The major part of the museum's older collections
comes from the art chambers of Danish kings. The paintings collection includes
works from the Italian Renaissance, 17th century masters Rubens and Rembrandt,
19th century painters of the Danish Golden Age such as Eckersberg and Købke,
and 20th century artists such as Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, and Emil Nolde.
Web Address: www.smk.dk
|Sinebrychoff - Foreign masters in the
Finnish National Gallery collection are housed in the Sinebrychoff Art Museum.
Collection includes Dutch, Flemish, Italian and French art from the 14th
to late 19th centuries, by artists such as Bonnard, Cézanne, Chagall,
Corot, Degas, Delacroix, Goya, Léger, Modigliani, Rodin and Signac.
Also Swedish portraits, Russian and Karelian icons, graphics and a collection
of miniatures. The collection also includes some porcelain and furniture.
Web Address: www.fng.fi
|Paris - Houses more than 6 000 European
paintings dating from the end of the 13th century to the mid 19th century,
in a wide variety of genres and formats, from miniatures to monumental canvases.
Since 1794, the Department of Paintings has been organised into national
schools. The Palace, one of the oldest galleries in Europe, having been
a museum since 1793, has also been a medieval fortress and the palace of
the kings of France.
Web Address: www.louvre.fr
| National museum opened in December
1986 to show the artistic creation of the western world from 1848 to 1914.
Paintings are organised chronologically and grouped according to aesthetic
currents. Ground floor is devoted to the period up until the beginning of
the 1870's showing later works by Ingres and Delacroix and early pieces
by Degas. Also featured are Millet, Corot and the Barbizon School, and Manet
and the future Impressionists' first works. Middle level houses a collection
of foreign paintings including work by Burne-Jones, Klimt and Munch, in
addition to works by Maurice Denis, Roussel, Vuillard and Bonnard. Several
galleries with controlled lighting allow pastels by artists such as Millet,
Manet, Degas, Redon, Mucha and Mondrian to be exhibited on a permanent basis.
Highlights on the top floor include Manet's Déjeuner sur l'herbe.
Galerie des Hauteurs features rooms devoted to Manet and Whistler, plus
other work by Degas, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley and Caillebotte. Also
galleries devoted to Monet and Renoir after 1880, and work by Cézanne
and Van Gogh. Works by Redon, Gauguin, the Neoimpressionism of Signac, Seurat
and their friends, the Nabis and Toulouse-Lautrec are exhibited in the Bellechasse
Web Address: www.musee-orsay.fr
|Hamburg - Art from the Middle Ages includes
one of the greatest paintings in north German Gothic art, the Grabow altar
of 1379 by Master Bertram. Dutch 17th century painting is represented by
an early Rembrandt work, landscapes by van Goyen and van de Velde and genre
paintings by Jan Steen and de Hooch. Gallery of Classical Modernism includes
work by Beckmann and Kokoschka, along with artists from the Brücke
and Blauer Reiter groups. German painting of the 19th century is a particularly
strong feature along with work by artists such as Munch and Manet.
Web Address: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de
|The Hague - Formerly the mansion of
Johan Maurits, Count of Nassau Siegen, governor-general of Dutch Brazil,
built c1640, the Mauritshuis has housed the Royal Cabinet of Paintings since
1822. Core of the collection consists of masterpieces from the Dutch Golden
Age, including paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen and Frans Hals, plus
other Dutch and Flemish art from the 15th to the 17th century.
Web Address: www.mauritshuis.nl
| The Rijksmuseum
|Amsterdam - The largest collection of
art and history in the Netherlands, with an internationally renowned collection
based around paintings of the 17th century Dutch Republic, including 20
works by Rembrandt, 4 by Vermeer and many other paintings by artists such
as Frans Hals and Jan Steen. Also superb collections of silver, delftware,
doll's houses, prints, drawings, Asiatic art and a presentation on
Web Address: www.rijksmuseum.nl
Museum of Modern Art
|Amsterdam - The Stedelijk Museum has
responsibility for a large part of the collection of modern art belonging
to the City of Amsterdam - a diverse collection of more than 100,000 objects
from 1850 onwards, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs,
graphic design, applied arts, industrial design and new media. Collection
includes remaining works by Van Gogh which were not moved to the new Van
Gogh Museum next door to the Stedelijk in 1972. Other highlights include
collections of German and Dutch Expressionism, and a unique collection of
works by the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, including 29 paintings.
Web Address: www.stedelijk.nl
Gallery of Ireland
Dublin - Houses national collection of Irish art as well as collection
of European master paintings. Irish art includes portraits by Lavery and
Orpen. Renaissance treasures include work by Fra Angelico, Mantegna and
Titian, and there is a distinguished collection of 17th century paintings.
Impressionists represented include Monet, Sisley, Pissarro and Signac,
and 20th century artists include Picasso and Nolde. Collection of Dutch
17th century masters includes works by Vermeer, Metsu and Ruisdael. Mostly
religious Spanish painting includes pieces by El Greco, Velázquez
and Goya. British painting is mostly portraiture, by artists such as Hogarth,
Reynolds, Gainsborough and Raeburn. Other artists represented include
Caravaggio, Rubens, Poussin, Fragonard, Chardin and J.L. David.
Web Address: www.nationalgallery.ie
| Galleria degli Uffizi
|Florence - Important collection of art
work, particularly of Renaissance Italy, housed in Uffizi palace, construction
of which began in 1560. Collection includes work by Giotto, Botticelli,
Leonardo, Dürer, Michelangelo, Veronese, Tintoretto, Rubens, Caravaggio
Web Address: www.uffizi.firenze.it
Museum in Warsaw
|Collection includes 780,000 items on
display in several permanent galleries. Gallery of Foreign Painting holds
one of the richest collections of European art in Poland, presenting the
development of the main schools. 14th-18th-century Italian and French Painting
includes early Renaissance pieces including work by Sandro Botticelli. Venetian
painting is represented by an important set works and there is a set of
paintings from the Circle of Caravaggio. Also collections of 15th-16th-century
Netherlandish and German Painting and the 17th-century Dutch and Flemish
collection includes the Rembrandtian rooms.
Web Address: www.ddg.art.pl/nm/
|The National Museum in Cracow
|Artefacts from every period of history, a collection of ancient art, recent works acquired from contemporary artists, and collections of medieval and modern art from the 19th and 20th centuries. The core of the collection is Polish art, though there are also numerous western European works, a collection of religious art related to the Orthodox Church, and an extremely valuable collection of oriental art, mainly from Japan. The Museum also collects library collections (including old prints, manuscripts and cartography), numismatics and historical photographs.
Web Address: www.muzeum.krakow.pl
State Hermitage Museum
|St Petersburg - Occupies six magnificent
buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva. Collections of
over 3 million items present the development of world culture and art from
the Stone Age to the 20th century. Extensive collection of Italian painting
occupies 30 rooms, encompassing development from the 13th century to the
beginning of the 19th century. Pride of the collection are works by the
great masters of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione,
Titian and Michelangelo. The Hermitage has 2 of the 10 or 12 original works
by Leonardo known in the world today. Paintings by Caravaggio, Salvatore
Rosa, Gianmaria Crespi, Tiepolo and Francesco Guardi provide examples of
later Italian art.
Web Address: www.hermitagemuseum.org
|Stockholm - Department of painting and
sculpture alone contains some 16,000 works by artists such as Rembrandt,
Rubens, Goya, Renoir, Degas, and Gauguin. Art from the Middle Ages to the
early 20th century highlights Swedish 18th and 19th century painting, plus
substantial collections of Dutch 17th century and French 18th century art.
Collection of 18th century art is considered one of the finest in the world.
Collection of 500,000 prints and drawings from the 15th to early 20th century.
Decorative arts department comprises c30,000 objects from six centuries:
tapestries from the 15th to the 17th centuries, Scandinavia's largest collection
of china, glass, Swedish silver and furniture.
Web Address: www.nationalmuseum.se
| New York - An outstanding centre of
modern art, with a collection especially strong in post-war American and
European art. Artists represented include Gorky, Pollock, Warhol, and Johns.
Permanent collection covers Renaissance to American and European art of
the 18th and 19th centuries. Impressionism and Postimpressionism are well
represented by such artists as Gauguin and van Gogh. Cubism, Surrealism,
Constructivism, and other trends of the 20's and 30's are represented by
significant works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Derain, Miró, Mondrian,
Rodchenko, and others.
Web Address: www.albrightknox.org
Art Institute of Chicago
| Chicago - Paintings sculpture, furniture,
and silver in the European Art department dates from the Middle Ages to
1900. Highlights include an impressive collection of French 19th century
painting which includes work by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne and
Seurat. Also important holdings in 18th century painting and 17th century
works from the Spanish, French, and Italian schools. American Arts Department
includes paintings and sculpture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and decorative
arts from the 17th century to the present.
Web Address: www.artic.edu
Museum of Art
|New York - Second largest art museum
in New York City. Permanent collection includes more than one and a half
million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art.
Collection of painting and sculpture includes European and American works
from the 14th century to the present day. The collection of American paintings
is considered one of the finest in the US. Highlights of the European holdings
are 58 works by Auguste Rodin. Other masterpieces in the collection include
works by Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Henri Matisse.
Web Address: www.brooklynart.org
Museum of Art
| Collections of art include: Asian,
Ancient & Islamic, art of the Americas, African, photography, medieval,
painting, decorative arts, sculpture and contemporary art.
Web Address: www.clevelandart.org
New York - Collection housed in the mansion built by Henry Clay Frick,
one of America's most successful steel and railroad tycoons, comprising
masterpieces of Western painting, sculpture, and decorative art. Of the
16 galleries, the Living Hall is filled with masterpieces by Holbein,
Titian, El Greco, and Bellini and the long West Gallery is hung with canvases
including landscapes by Constable, Ruisdael, and Corot and portraits by
Rembrandt and Velázquez. There are 3 pieces by Vermeer, and the
East Gallery is adorned with works by Degas, Goya, Turner, Van Dyck, Claude
Lorrain, Whistler and others.
Web Address: www.frick.org
|New York + Venice + Bilbao + Berlin
- Established in New York 60 years ago as The Museum of Non-Objective Painting,
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York developed alongside sister institution
in Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
and Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin both opened in 1997. The Guggenheim collection
online encompasses both the classic and the new, from the Guggenheim's earliest
work, an 1867 landscape by Camille Pissarro, through more recent acquisitions.
The site also includes additional resources, such as artist biographies,
definitions of art-historical terms, concepts on art, and suggested readings
on a searchable database.
Web Address: www.guggenheim.org
Metropolitan Museum of Art
|New York - Collection contains more
than 2 million works of art from over the world from the ancient to the
modern. Collection of Old Master and 19th century European paintings totals
around 2,200 works, highlights of which are pieces from French, Italian,
and Dutch schools. Among the many masterpieces are works by Giovanni Battista
Tiepolo; the Impressionists (including 37 Monets and 21 paintings by Cézanne);
5 pieces by Vermeer. Entire department of European Paintings can be searched
by artist, period, style, or keyword. Other collections include: American
Decorative Arts, Paintings and Sculpture; Ancient Near Eastern Art; Arts
of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; Asian Art; Egyptian Art; Greek and
Roman Art; Medieval Art; Modern Art; Photographs; Textiles.
Web Address: www.metmuseum.org
of Fine Arts
|Boston - Many of the Museum's finest
works of art, including furniture, silver and masterpieces by Copley, Stuart,
and Sargent, were given by descendants of the sitters or original owners.
A highlight of the collection is the William H. Lane Collection of American
modernist painting. The museum's collection of 350,000 objects encompasses
some of the most rare and important artistic treasures in the world and
includes American art, European art, ancient art, Asian, African and Oceanic
art, contemporary art, prints, drawings, photographs, musical instruments,
and textile and fashion arts.
Web Address: www.mfa.org
Museum of Modern Art
|New York - Permanent collection widely
acknowledged as one of the greatest collections of modern art in the world.
Since the Museum's founding in 1929, the collection has grown to over 3,500
objects, highlights of which include Paul Cézanne's The Bather, Vincent
van Gogh's The Starry Night, Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon,
Henri Matisse's Dance, and Henri Rousseau's The Dream.
Web Address: www.moma.org
Gallery of Art
|Washington D.C. - Houses one of the
finest collections in the world illustrating major achievements in painting,
sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Website
includes many art resources. American paintings collection includes works
by Whistler, Sargent and Tanner. British collection includes pieces by Constable
and Turner. The collection of Dutch and Flemish 16th-17th centuries painting
includes works by Frans Hals, Rubens, van Dyck and Johannes Vermeer. French
19th century collection features artists such as Manet, Camille Pissarro,
Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet and Degas. Italian 16th century collection
includes works by Raphael and Titian. Spanish artists are represented by
El Greco and de Goya. Highlights of the 20th century collection of paintings
and sculpture includes work by Pollock and Rothko.
Web Address: www.nga.gov
Museum of Art
|Among the great art institutions of
the world, housing over 300,000 works of art. European collections include
medieval sculpture, stained glass, a 13th-century French cloister; masterpieces
of Renaissance painting; superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
American collections include the most important collection in the world
of works by Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. 20th century art includes
work by Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Duchamp.
Web Address: www.philamuseum.org