Smith College Museum of Art

Overview

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Black Lion Wharf, 1859. Smith College Museum of Art.ARTstor Digital Library has collaborated with the Smith College Museum of Art to share an initial 1,000 images of approximately 3,000 works from the museum's permanent collection. The Smith College Museum of Art has one of the nation's finest teaching collections with approximately 22,000 objects. Encyclopedic in scope, the permanent collection has strengths in European and American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as holdings in Asian, African, and Latin American art and Classical antiquities. Of particular note is the depth and quality of the museum's collections of prints, drawings, and photographs, more than 17,000 of which are housed at the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. The museum will continue to share additional works in the ARTstor Digital Library as images become available.

The Smith College Museum of Art was founded with the Smith College in 1875. In 2003, the Brown Fine Arts Center — a complex housing the museum, as well as Smith College's Department of Art and Hillyer Art Library — was renovated and expanded by Polshek Partnership. The Atrium of the Brown Fine Arts Center is decorated with a 43-foot long mural by the Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, Nature and the Artist: The Work of Art and the Observer, which was originally commissioned by the college in 1943.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 4,857
Percentage of completion 100%
Collection URL http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/smith

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: May 29, 2013

Image Credits

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Black Lion Wharf, 1859. Smith College Museum of Art.

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