European & American Art 1700-1900 (Level 1)


Organized around the theme “Time : Nature,” the paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts on view in these galleries highlight the strength of the University of Notre Dame’s collection of European and American art from 1700 through 1900. Many of the works are steeped in the classical tradition founded on Greek and Roman ideals of beauty but are transformed by scientific discoveries, new technologies, shifting power structures, and evolving economies. The artists represented here rose to the challenge of defining—or redefining—what it meant to be “modern” in their own time and chart a path for us to do the same in ours.

Highlights include grand paintings by Francesco de Mura, Benjamin West, Elisabeth Vigée LeBrun, François Boucher, Jean-Léon Gérôme; dynamic sculptures by Auguste Rodin and Frederick Remington; and innovative prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, James Barry, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.