European Art at Dartmouth

August 30, 2008, through March 08, 2009
Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art



Temporary Exhibitions, Lathrop, Jaffe, and Hall Galleries


The earliest known European objects to arrive at Dartmouth were “a few coins and curiosities” obtained by President John Wheelock during his 1783 tour of England, France, Holland, and Scotland. The collection grew gradually throughout the nineteenth century, but the introduction of European art history courses in 1905 led to a significant expansion of the College’s holdings. A dramatic increase in gifts and acquisitions occurred after the 1985 opening of the Hood Museum of Art, which now houses several thousand European objects dating from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.The core of the European collection, comprised of an exceptional array of works on paper, has been significantly enhanced in recent decades by the addition of a large number of remarkable paintings and sculptures. The exhibition highlights over 150 objects from the Italian and German Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, the Enlightenment and Romantic periods, and the early modern era. Featured artists include Andrea Mantegna, Pietro Perugino, Albrecht Dürer, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Louis-Léopold Boilly, John Constable, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Georges Braque, and Pablo Picasso.

Organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and funded by the Bernard R. Siskind 1955 Fund, the Hansen Family Fund, and the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund, and a generous gift from Barbara Dau Southwell, Class of 1978, and David Southwell, Tuck Class of 1988

Exhibition Curator

T. Barton Thurber

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Exhibition subject: Europe