European art

European art at the Worcester Art Museum accounts for over 3,500 objects, including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and textiles.

The collection holds outstanding examples of paintings from throughout Europe, including recognizable names like El Greco, Francisco Goya, Thomas Gainsborough, and Frans Hals, among others. It is further distinguished by rare works by Italian painters Piero di Cosimo and Giovanni Moroni, as well as a 16th-century panel from the School of Fontainebleau.

The Museum was among the first in the United States to acquire works by several influential 19th-century artists including Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Odilon Redon. Many of these works were acquired shortly after their completion, proving the Museum to be ahead of its time in collecting practices during the 20th century.

From a 12th-century Medieval Chapter House to a rare work attributed to a young Leonardo da Vinci, the objects in this collection together encompass the complex histories of Europe.

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On the road

The Worcester Art Museum’s significant holdings of European and American impressionist paintings are on an international tour. The traveling exhibition, Frontiers of Impressionism, is bringing the delights of the Museum’s collection to art enthusiasts around the world.