Past Exhibition (view archive)
Revealed Anew: Selections from the Collection
When: November 7, 2008 – January 4, 2009
Where: Prints and Drawings Galleries
About the show
The permanent collection has developed from its initial core of a few hundred American and Hudson River School paintings, and 3,000 English drawings and prints, all purchased by Matthew Vassar from college trustee Elias Lyman Magoon. While Hudson River and English art remain concentrations in the collection, other large gifts stimulated and expanded the directions of the collection. For instance, Italian baroque paintings in the early twentieth century and the Felix Warburg Collection of Old Master Prints in the early 1940s provided new tools for teaching at the college. In the mid-twentieth century, numerous gifts of modern works by Vassar alumnae enriched the collection, providing new areas of vital study for students, scholars, and the public at large.
Several of these works on view are drawings or prints which, due to their light-sensitive nature, can only be displayed for short periods of time. Other works are recent gifts or loans. Many other works have not been presented in recent years because of space limitations in the galleries or because of other curatorial priorities.
A Lesson for the Lazy, 1859
William H. Beard (American 1823-1900)
Oil on canvas
Gift of Matthew Vassar