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Fogg Museum

Fogg Museum harvard

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Peasant of the Camargue, by Vincent Van Gogh

Peasant of the Camargue, by Vincent Van Gogh

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

One of the three museums that make up the Harvard Art Museums, the Fogg Museum is the oldest gallery of fine arts, established in 1895.

The art museum houses Western paintings, sculptures, decorative art, photographs, prints, and drawings that date from the Middle Ages to today.

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The museum’s American art includes the Harvard University Portrait Collection which is made up of 1,200 paintings, drawings and sculptures that are installed in various locations around Harvard’s campus.

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The Days of Creation, Edward Burne-Jones. Photo carulmare

The Days of Creation, Edward Burne-Jones. Photo by Carul Mare

Additionally, there are fine artworks by such esteemed artists as John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Singleton Copley.

The Fogg Museum has an art gallery of 12,000 drawings, including Renaissance artists’ designs for furniture and objects. Goldsmith’s Designs by Michelangelo – a group of oil lamp depictions using black chalk – is an example of this genre of art found at the Fogg Museum.

The new addition to the museum includes a glass rooftop which allows natural light to filter into classrooms, exhibition spaces, and the courtyard below.

The Calderwood Courtyard was designed after the façade of the Canon’s House of the Church of San Biggio in Montepulciano, Italy and has been used for a number of events over the years.

During the renovation project, the courtyard is receiving improvements that will allow visitors to the art galleries move throughout the new facility easier.

When the Fogg Museum reopened in 2012, it  housed the works of all three of Harvard’s Art Museums – the Busch-Reisinger, the Arthur M. Sackler, and the Fogg itself.

   

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