With some 250,000 objects, the Harvard Art Museum has the largest university art collection in the United States. The Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums feature world-renowned collections of archaic Chinese jades and bronzes, Italian Renaissance paintings, and 19th-century art, along with remarkable holdings of prints, drawings, photographs, and Bauhaus and German expressionist works.
This ﬁrst handbook of the collections surveys their full scope, from early Egyptian bronzes and Chinese ceramics to contemporary paintings and prints. Familiar works by Pollock, Picasso, Dürer, van Gogh, and other well-known artists are presented along with extraordinary Persian miniatures, rare photographic prints, important Greek coins, and African sculpture. Each work is fully illustrated in color and introduced with a brief, engaging text. This elegantly designed book not only oﬀers an appealing and accessible presentation of some of the Harvard Art Museum’s most signiﬁcant works, but also introduces readers to other resources at the museums, such as the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, as well as to the artist archives that are housed there.
Stephan Wolohojian is the Landon and Lavinia Clay Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts, Harvard Art Museum.