European Art

The European Art collection contains about 900 paintings, 500 sculptures, and 3,500 works on paper, ranging from the medieval to the modern period.

The Wadsworth Atheneum’s European collection is particularly strong in Italian Baroque painting, with major examples by Caravaggio, Orazio Gentileschi, and Bernardo Strozzi. Surrealist art is also strongly represented including works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, and René Magritte. Additionally, there are some very famous works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, William Holman Hunt, and Joseph Wright of Derby.

The European Decorative Arts collection comprises approximately 7,000 objects, more than 1,300 of which are from the legendary collection of J. Pierpont Morgan. These include ancient glass and bronzes, Italian maiolica, Venetian and façon de venise glass, nautilus cups, ostrich egg ewers, mounted ivories, silver-gilt vessels, Meissen porcelain, and Vincennes and Sèvres porcelain.

The museum has a large collection of ceramics, including Pre-Columbian pottery, Chinese export and domestic porcelain, 18th and 19th century English pottery and porcelain, Berlin and Meissen Art Nouveau porcelain, and 19th century Sèvres porcelain. Other highlights include English silver from the Elizabeth B. Miles Collection, ceramic veilleuses from The Harold and Wendy Newman Collection, and The Richard and Georgette A. Koopman Collection of Dutch Delft.

Search the European Art Collection
Use this link to search for objects in the European Art collection, and this link to search the European Decorative Arts collection. Please note: digitizing artworks is an ongoing process, so this search is not representative of the museum’s entire collection. You can identify objects that are currently on view via the Object Description box, in the “Currently on view?” field.

Updates to our database are made weekly, so if you plan to visit the museum to see a specific work of art please call the Information Desk in advance of your visit at (860) 838-4100, Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 4:30pm to ensure availability.