Founded in 1883 by twenty-five citizens of Minneapolis, the museum's purpose was to bring outstanding works of art from diverse cultures into the city’s community. The museum’s mission can be seen through all of its exhibitions. The Asian collection includes pieces from 27 different Asian cultures and spans over 5,000 years. The Arts of Africa and the Americas collection contains works by native peoples all around the world ranging from a rare Luba mask to three thousand year old Olmec artifacts.
The Kimbell had its beginnings over 40 years before the doors opened in October of 1972. The acquisitions and passion of Kay Kimbell and his wife, Velma Fuller, resulted in the directive to “build a museum of the first class.” Though the collection is quite small, with less than 350 works, it reflects Kimbell’s desire for quality pieces. The Kimbell’s holdings span from antiquity to the 20th century, including European masterpieces from Fra Angelico and Caravaggio to Cézanne and Matisse, and important collections of Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman antiquities, as well as Asian, Mesoamerican, and African arts. The collection contains the first of Michangelo’s paintings, The Torment of St. Anthony (right); along with distinguished works by Piet Mondrian, James Ensor, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, and J.M.W. Turner.
Bridgeman has been busy in the city of brotherly love. In addition to our recent partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we're delighted to offer material from these wonderful archives.
Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company’s holdings include rare books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and graphics documenting every aspect of American history and its changing culture through the end of the 19th century. Its strengths include: Afro-Americana; American science and technology; German-Americana; the history of printing and publishing; American Judaica; the history of women, domestic economy, and family life; printmaking, mapmaking, and photography in Philadelphia; and the libraries of James Logan and Benjamin Franklin. View works currently online.
In the 200th anniversary year of Charles Dickens, the Free Library's incredible collection of letters, character illustrations, manuscripts and other material relating to the Victorian writer is worth exploring. Highlights include illustrations and character sketches by Arthur Rackham and Joseph Clayton Clarke (Kyd). View images currently available online.
Read more about the Royal Mail's recent unveiling of commemorative stamps with character sketches by Clarke.
Owned by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and located at the New-York Historical Society, the collection is a unique archive of American history. Spanning from 1493 through the 20th century, the collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, social, and economic history of the United States. The Gilder Lerhman Collection is widely considered one of the nation’s great archives in the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods.