European

The European art collection contains painting and sculpture from the medieval period to the late 19th century.

Its strengths include 17th-century Baroque paintings from Italy and an impressive selection of 19th-century Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.

OLD MASTER PAINTING

Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness is one of the museum’s greatest treasures. Other important Italian paintings include those by Titian, Bronzino and Canaletto.

Highlights of the German and Netherlandish paintings of the 15th through 17th century include Virgin and Child in a Gothic Interior by Petrus Christus, Cranach the Elder’s Three Graces, portraits by Rembrandt and Frans Hals and a fantasy interior scene by Jan Steen.

Sculpture and Drawings

Highlights of the sculpture collection include the monumental Atalanta and Meleager with the Calydonian Boar by Mosca, as well as an exceptional 18th-century terracotta bust by Pajou. The collection also includes works on paper, such as exceptional pastels by Degas and superb drawings by Tiepolo and Ingres.

French Painting

The French painting collection includes masterpieces of classical Baroque and Rococo paintings by Poussin, Boucher and Vigée Le Brun, as well Romantic and Naturalist paintings by Delacroix, Millet and Courbet.

The museum’s strong collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, which includes Monet’s Boulevard des Capucines, Van Gogh’s Olive Trees, Gauguin’s Faaturuma and Mont Sainte-Victoire by Cézanne, was doubled in size and significance with the addition of the Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch collection in 2015.

A transformative gift to be housed in the newly renovated Bloch Galleries, the Bloch collection features exceptional paintings by Manet, Cézanne, Caillebotte and Seurat, among others, as well as the first paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard and Matisse to enter the Nelson-Atkins.

starr miniatures

The Starr Collection of Miniatures provides an excellent illustration of European portrait miniatures, with more than 250 examples ranging from the late-16th century to the 19th century.

El Greco, <em>The Penitent Magdalene</em>, ca. 1580-1585.
El Greco, The Penitent Magdalene, ca. 1580-1585.
Domenikos Theotokopoulos, called El Greco, Greek (1541-1614). <em>The Penitent Magdalene</em>, ca. 1580-1585. Oil on canvas, 40 x 32 1/4 inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 30-35.
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, <em>Young Man in a Black Beret</em>, 1666.
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Young Man in a Black Beret, 1666.
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (1606-1669). <em>Young Man in a Black Beret</em>, 1666. Oil on canvas, 32 1/8 x 25 3/8 inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 31-75.
Nicolas Poussin, <em>The Triumph of Bacchus</em>, 1635-1636.
Nicolas Poussin, The Triumph of Bacchus, 1635-1636.
Nicolas Poussin, French (1594-1665). <em>The Triumph of Bacchus</em>, 1635-1636. Oil on canvas, 50 3/8 x 59 3/4 inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 31-94.
Francesco Mosca, <em>Atalanta and Meleager with the Calydonian Boar</em>, ca. 1564-1565.
Francesco Mosca, Atalanta and Meleager with the Calydonian Boar, ca. 1564-1565.
Francesco Mosca, called Moschino, Italian (1525-1578). <em>Atalanta and Meleager with the Calydonian Boar</em>, ca. 1564-1565. Carrara marble, 81 x 40 x 42 inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 34-94.
Paul Gauguin, <em>Faaturuma (Melancholic)</em>, 1891.
Paul Gauguin, Faaturuma (Melancholic), 1891.
Paul Gauguin, French (1848-1903). <em>Faaturuma (Melancholic)</em>, 1891. Oil on canvas, 37 x 26 7/8 inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 38-5.
Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, <em>Portrait of a Young Man</em>, 1550/1555.
Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, Portrait of a Young Man, 1550/1555.
Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, called Bronzino, Florentine (1503-1572). <em>Portrait of a Young Man</em>, 1550/1555. Oil on wood panel, 33 3/4 x 27 inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 49-28.
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, <em>Portrait of Marie-Gabrielle de Gramont, Comtesse de Caderousse</em>, 1784.
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Portrait of Marie-Gabrielle de Gramont, Comtesse de Caderousse, 1784.
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, French (1755-1842). <em>Portrait of Marie-Gabrielle de Gramont, Comtesse de Caderousse</em>, 1784. Oil on wood panel, 41 3/8 x 29 7/8 inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust through exchange of the bequest of Helen F. Spencer and the generosity of Mrs. George C. Reuland through the W. J. Brace Charitable Trust, Mrs. Herbert O. Peet, Mary Barton Stripp Kemper and Rufus Crosby Kemper Jr., in memory of Mary Jane Barton Stripp and Enid Jackson Kemper, and Mrs. Rex. L. Diveley, 86-20.
Petrus Christus, <em> Virgin and Child in a Domestic Interior</em>, ca.1460-1467.
Petrus Christus, Virgin and Child in a Domestic Interior, ca.1460-1467.
Petrus Christus, Flemish ca. (1410-1475/1476). <em> Virgin and Child in a Domestic Interior</em>, ca.1460-1467. Oil on wood panel, 27 3/8 x 20 1/16 inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 56-51.
Claude Monet, <em>Boulevard des Capucines</em>, 1873-1874.
Claude Monet, Boulevard des Capucines, 1873-1874.
Claude Monet, French (1840-1926). <em>Boulevard des Capucines</em>, 1873-1874. Oil on canvas, 31 5/8 x 23 3/4 inches. Purchase: the Kenneth A. and Helen F. Spencer Foundation Acquisition Fund, F72-35.
Edgar Degas, <em>Rehearsal of the Ballet</em>, ca.1876.
Edgar Degas, Rehearsal of the Ballet, ca.1876.
Edgar Degas, French (1834-1917). <em>Rehearsal of the Ballet</em>, ca.1876. Gouache and pastel over monotype on paper, 21 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches. Purchase: the Kenneth A. and Helen F. Spencer Foundation Acquisition Fund, F73-30.
Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio, <em>Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness</em>, ca. 1604.
Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio, Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, ca. 1604.
Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio, Italian (1571–1610). <em>Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness</em>, ca. 1604. Oil on canvas, 68 in x 52in. 52-25.