Permanent Collection - Hood Museum of Art - Dartmouth College

Numbering some 65,000 objects, the Hood’s collections are rich and diverse, presenting art from ancient cultures, the Americas, Europe, Africa, Papua New Guinea, and many other regions of the world. Ancient highlights include the magnificent ninth-century BCE reliefs from the Assyrian palace of Arshurnasirpal II and a Panathenaic amphora by the Berlin Painter.

African art at the Hood, which is particularly strong in West African masks and wooden figural sculptures, has been complemented recently by several sacred objects from Tanzania as well as Hover(2003), a spectacular work made from the discarded aluminum seals of liquor bottles woven together with copper wire by El Anatsui.

The collections are especially rich in American art, with excellent portraits, landscapes, genre paintings, and sculptures by noted American artists including William Merritt Chase, Maria Oakey Dewing, Harriet Hosmer, Eastman Johnson, Willard Metcalf, Frederic Remington, John Sloan, Lilly Martin Spencer, Thomas Sully, and Abbott Thayer.

European works including works by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Pompeo Batoni, and Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Perugino, and Carle Vanloo, as well as more than three thousand Old Master and nineteen-century prints by Goya, Rembrandt, and Dürer, to name a few.

Modern and contemporary art at the Hood includes the work of such recognized artists as Jean Dubuffet, Wassily Kandinsky, Yves Klein, Sol Lewitt, Robert Motherwell, Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Edward Rushca, Bill Viola, Lorna Simpson, and Sean Scully.

Access to works of art is provided through permanent collections displays, the online collections database, special exhibitions, the Web site, scholarly publications, and programs and events.

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