Collecting with Vision

GBP £25.00



ISBN: 978-1-911282-65-5

160 Pages

250 x 210 mm (8 ¼ x 10 in)

208 colour illustrations

In association with the Chrysler Museum of Art

April 2020


Revised reprint reflects on new acquisitions from one of America’s great collections.

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The Chrysler Museum of Art houses one of America’s great collections of art from antiquity to contemporary America. From its initial opening as Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences in 1933, the Museum grew hugely in 1971 when automobile heir and art collector Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. presented the city of Norfolk with his collection. Since then the Museum has continued to expand.

Beautifully illustrated with over 200 colour images, this book boasts a stellar assemblage of paintings by leading American artists, such as Copley, Cole, Bierstadt, Homer, Cassatt and Hopper; Italian Renaissance and Baroque works by Veronese and Salvator Rosa; Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, including works by Jan Gossaert and David Teniers the Younger; and the work of European painters like Delacroix, Renoir and Gauguin. The Museum also houses major collections of decorative art, including Tiffany and Gallé glass, Worcester porcelain and Gorham silver. The glass collection is internationally important and ranges from antiquity to studio works by Morris and Tagliapietra. Also included are major examples of early photography, including the American Civil War, and iconic images from the Civil Rights Movement.

About the Authors

Jefferson C. Harrison is chief curator emeritus, Chrysler Museum of Art; Gary E. Baker is the former curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art; Brooks Johnson is the founding curator of Photography, Chrysler Museum of Art.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Erik H. Neil, Director
  2. History of the Chrysler Museum of Art
  3. Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.: Visionary Collector
  4. Art of the Ancient World and Non-Western Cultures
  5. European Painting and Sculpture
  6. American Painting and Sculpture
  7. European and American Works on Paper
  8. Photography
  9. Glass
  10. Other Decorative Arts
  11. Index