The permanent collection of the Bass Museum of Art spans more than five hundred years and four continents, including Renaissance and Baroque paintings; Rococo court paintings and English portraiture; nineteenth- and twentieth-century landscape and historical paintings; painting and sculpture from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean; contemporary photography; Asian art; European decorative arts; as well as a unique collection of works on paper. Works from the collection will be rotated on a regular basis in the Sol M. Taplin Gallery and the newly renovated Peter E. and Annemarie H. Houghton Gallery, located on the first level of the museum.
The nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century paintings that comprise
the collection bear witness to Mr. Bass’s continued links with his birth
country of Austria. The Bass Museum probably has a more representative
group of Austrian paintings, including local schools, than any other
collection in the United States. Among notable artists the museum’s
collection includes paintings by Jacob Jordaens, Peter Paul Rubens,
Gerard Seghers, Ferdinand Bol, Giovanni Barbagelata, as well as a
stunning altarpiece by Italian Renaissance masters Sandro Botticelli and
Domenico Ghirlandaio, one of only a handful of Botticellis on public
view in the United States.
In addition to painting, the collection contains sculpture, works on
paper, decorative objects and a handsome textiles selection. One of the
masterpieces in the textiles collection is the famous sixteenth-century
Flemish tapestry The Salute before the Tournament. It
has a particularly prestigious provenance in that it was part of Henry
VIII’s collection at Knole House in England and was later purchased by
J. Pierpont Morgan in the early-twentieth century before it came into
John Bass’s collection.
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