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.
Jefferson C. Harrison is the former chief curator, Chrysler Museum of Art; Gary E. Baker is the former curator of Glass and acting curator of Decorative Arts, Chrysler Museum of Art; Brooks Johnson is the former curator of Photography, Chrysler Museum of Art