The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open to the public on weekends only as of August 8. Read more details about visiting. Please visit VassarTogether for the College’s Fall 2020 plans and policies.

Ludger tom Ring, the Younger (attributed to), The Open Missal, mid-sixteenth century


Humanizing Landscapes: Geography, Culture and the Magoon Collection 1739-1860

108 pages with color illustrations; softbound
Exhibition October 5 - December 20, 2000
Special Exhibition Price: $20.00

About the publication
Humanizing Landscapes features British and American works from the art collection that Matthew Vassar acquired in 1864 from the Reverend Elias Magoon, a founding trustee of the College. The exhibition looks through the interpretive lenses of cultural geography and art history to examine how nineteenth-century artists constructed the meaning of cultural sites and natural features ranging from Stonehenge and Loch Lomond to the Hudson River Valley. Through compositional choices, through attention to light and local detail, and through the creative use of established conventions for the representation of changing locales, artists vividly testified to the values attached to various sites during the Victorian era. The catalogue features essays by David Lowenthal, Karen Lucic, and Harvey Flad. The publication features 55 color plates and 20 black and white plates.

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
124 Raymond Ave
Vassar College
Box 703
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-00703

(845) 437-5237

Public Hours

Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 1pm–5pm


Wed 10am–5pm
Thu 10am–8pm
Fri 10am–5pm


Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot accommodate group tours at this time, and capacity in the galleries is limited. All visitors are required to wear masks.


Admission is free and open to all. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.


Parking is on Raymond Avenue only. Entrance to the galleries is via the Raymond Ave. gate through the sculpture garden.

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Please note that weekend hours are restricted to the general public only.


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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