The North Carolina Museum of Art houses a collection of Egyptian artifacts that cover the important eras of its history, spanning time from the predynastic era all the way to the Roman period. With an emphasis on funerary works, the thirty-eight works in the museum’s collection include canopic jars, sevant statues and even painted coffins.
The bulk of the museum’s collection is comprised of European paintings and sculpture. Regarded as one of the premiere collections of such work in the United States. While much of the collection is notable paintings, the museum also houses over thirty bronze works by Auguste Rodin.
Famous European and American artists are represented in a number of the galleries, and include Anthony van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough, Eugene Boudin, Camille Pissarro, and Claude Monet. Highlights form Italian works from the 16th through 18th centuries include works from Titian and Raphael.
The NCMA’s European collection extends into the famous Northern European artists of the Flemish and Dutch schools. Artists in the collection include Jan Steen, Jan Brueghel the Elder, and Peter Paul Rubens.
The museum’s modern art collection includes a variety of works that range from German modernists like Franz Kline and American artists including Alberto Giacometti.
The North Carolina Museum of Art’s Jewish art collection is one of only two such exhibits in the nation, and includes ceremonial and devotional works form Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Oriental traditions of Judaism.
The museum expansive and encyclopedic collection includes contemporary works that cover the gamut of new media, including photographs, video, and installation.
The 164-acre Museum Park is the largest in the United States and is an environmentally conscious landscape that aims to merge art with the natural environment. A variety of natural land features including streams, forests and fields act as the venue for over a dozen site-specific art installations. Two miles of trails connects the works and the land around them. Photo: North Carolina Museum of Art
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