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To Instruct and Delight: European and American Art, 1500-1800

This exhibition brings together works from Bowdoin’s collection with important recent acquisitions that offer new perspectives on the art of Europe and the transatlantic colonies.

Introduction

The Museum’s collection of historic European and American art was shaped by James Bowdoin III, the founder of the College, who bequeathed family collections of European art in 1811. Subsequent generations have built on this legacy and collecting continues to this day. This exhibition brings together works from Bowdoin’s collection with important recent acquisitions that offer new perspectives on the art of Europe and the transatlantic colonies.

Works in the Exhibition

Attributed to Frans Francken III, "Achilles at the Court of Lycomedes," 1607-1655, oil on panel. Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III.

Attributed to Frans Francken III, "Achilles at the Court of Lycomedes," 1607-1655, oil on panel. Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III.

 Simon de Vlieger, Dutch, ca. 1601-1653, "A Coastal Scene Near Zandvoort," oil on panel. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund

Simon de Vlieger, Dutch, ca. 1601-1653, "A Coastal Scene Near Zandvoort," oil on panel. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund

Master of the Lille Sermon, Flemish, before 1600, "The Burning of Sodom," ca. 1550-1575, oil on panel. Museum Purchase, Florence C. Quinby Fund, in memory of Henry Cole Quinby, Honorary Degree, 1916

Master of the Lille Sermon, Flemish, before 1600, "The Burning of Sodom," ca. 1550-1575, oil on panel. Museum Purchase, Florence C. Quinby Fund, in memory of Henry Cole Quinby, Honorary Degree, 1916

Hendrik Cornelisz. van Vliet, Dutch, ca. 1611–1675, "The Tomb of Admiral Jacob Van Wassenaer in the Choir of the Jacobskerk," 1667, oil on canvas. Museum Purchase, Florence C. Quinby Fund, in memory of Henry Cole Quinby, Honorary Degree, 1916.

Hendrik Cornelisz. van Vliet, Dutch, ca. 1611–1675, "The Tomb of Admiral Jacob Van Wassenaer in the Choir of the Jacobskerk," 1667, oil on canvas. Museum Purchase, Florence C. Quinby Fund, in memory of Henry Cole Quinby, Honorary Degree, 1916.

Visiting the Exhibition

January 15, 2015 -

    Bowdoin Gallery