The Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection of artwork from the Ancient Americas includes an astounding 4,500-plus items from throughout North America, Central America, Mesoamerica and the Andes. Standing on the shoulders of a number of gifts to the museum in the late 1950s and onward, the collection is one of the most esteemed and comprehensive anywhere in the United States. Cultures ranging from the earliest civilizations from before recorded history, through the Aztecs and Maya are represented by the collection’s artifacts which include Mixteca-Puebla mosaic, architectural fragments from the Zapotec, figures from the Aztec and from Colima, and a Maya vessel portraying the Mayan ball game. Ancient North American cultures are explored in exhibits of ceramic work from the Southwestern the ancestral Pueblo. Even Caribbean ancient peoples are represented by artifacts that include ritual seats, bottles, mantles and metalwork. The Ancient American Art exhibit is one of the centerpieces of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection.
The museum’s modern art collection contains work from some of the greatest artistic minds of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Works include those from such masters as Monet (his famous Water Lilies), five pieces by Picasso, five by Van Gogh, the Matisse masterpiece Bathers with a Turtle, work by Gauguin, and the museum houses the world’s largest single public collection of paintings by Expressionist artist Max Beckmann.
The museum’s other European work draws upon 150 years of history and art in Europe, and entails nearly 160 works from movements covering French Impressionism and post-Impressionism, German Expressionism, and more eras on both sides of history. St. Louis Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri - Photo: St. Louis Art Museum
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