The Collection

Explore thousands of the most significant works of art from the Renaissance to the present day. Our growing collection includes European and American masterpieces in every medium. Browse the collection and make connections between the objects you know and newly discovered gems.

Highlights

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Browse these notable works, personally selected by Gallery curators, to find new insights about the artists and surprising details behind their most significant creations.

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Prints

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Nearly 70,000 prints by European and American artists, dating from the 11th century, are listed here. Find at least artist, title, and date information on each object.
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Decorative Arts

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As objects for daily use, works of decorative art allow a close insight into cultures of the past.
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Decorative Arts

Paintings

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Search nearly 4,000 European and American paintings in our collection, dating from the Renaissance period to the present day.
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Drawings

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Around 31,000 drawings in media such as pencil, watercolor, and pen and ink, among others, are in the Gallery's collection.
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Media Arts

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The days are gone when a museum could comfortably classify its holdings as paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, or decorative arts.
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Sculptures

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Search nearly 3,000 European and American sculptures in our collection, dating from the Renaissance to the present day.
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photographs

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The Gallery owns more than 12,000 photographs, dating from the beginning of the medium in 1839 to the present.
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Search the Collection

Search for a specific object by title, artist, keyword, provenance, or exhibition history in our Collection Search.

See the works that are on view now in the Gallery.

Recent Acquisitions

View the most recent acquisitions in the Gallery's collections.

Provenance Research

Tours and Guides

See the collection in context and gain insight into artists and their work. The Gallery offers guided tours led by educators and docents, self guided tours of our highlights, and self-guided audio tours.

 

Building Maps

Find old favorites and make new discoveries. View maps and easily navigate the East and West Buildings as well as the Sculpture Garden.

Support Us

While the Gallery is home to many renowned masterpieces, significant gaps in the collection remain generating the need to increase and improve the Gallery’s holdings. Every work of art in the collection is the result of private philanthropy and the Gallery looks to its major donors to help sustain the standard of excellence by making gifts for the acquisition of art.
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FAQs

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