Through April, 2015

Heaven and earth are subjects that have fascinated artists for centuries. As themes they unite artists from all cultures and time periods. During the Wadsworth Atheneum’s renovation, a choice selection of European old masters, Impressionist painters, and Contemporary artists exploring these universal topics were on view in Heaven and Earth: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection.

Heaven and Earth juxtaposed Renaissance and Baroque masters, such as Fra Angelico and Francisco de Zurbarán, with artists from the second half of the 20th century, such as Nan Goldin and Ana Mendieta. The installation also included beloved masterpieces of the 19th century by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The Wadsworth Atheneum’s European Art collection is renowned for its rich Baroque paintings and superb works from the 19th century. The museum is also recognized for its significant Contemporary Art collection.

Heaven and Earth: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection was supported in part by Jeffrey G. Marsted and Marcia Reid Marsted. Support for the Wadsworth Atheneum is provided in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign and the Department of Economic and Community Development, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.