The permanent collections of the Hood Museum of Art are rich, diverse, and available for the use of both the college and the broader community. Access to works of art is provided through permanent collection displays, the online collections database, special exhibitions, scholarly publications, and programs and activities.
Numbering more than 65,000 objects, the Hood's collections present art from ancient cultures, America, Europe, Africa, Papua New Guinea, and many other regions of the world. Highlights include the magnificent ninth-century B.C.E. reliefs from the Assyrian palace of Ashurnasirpal II.
African art at the Hood, particularly strong in West African masks and wooden figural sculptures, has been strengthened recently by the addition of important contemporary works. The Hood's Melanesian art collection is among the most important in this country. In addition, the Hood has a strong collection of Native North American art, including a wide selection of arctic and plains objects.
The collections are especially strong in American art, with excellent portraits and landscapes by noted American artists including William Merritt Chase, Frederic Remington, and John Sloan, sculpture by Harriet Hosmer, and paintings by Willard Metcalf, Eastman Johnson, Abbott Thayer, Lilly Martin Spencer, and Maria Oakey Dewing.
European art includes works by Perugino and Workshop, Albert Bouts, Carle Vanloo, Pompeo Batoni, and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The collections also contains more than three thousand Old Master and nineteenth-century European prints, including some of the finest impressions of prints by Rembrandt.
Modern and contemporary works of art include the work of such recognized artists as Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jean Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Edward Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, and Juan Munoz.
To request an image from the permanent collection or a special exhibition, please contact the Communications and Publications Manager with the image name, artist, and specifications required. We can provide digital images, 35mm slides, or 4 x 6 transparencies. Please allow at least two weeks for transparency requests.
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Last Updated: 9/21/10