European Art

European Art

The longstanding commitment of Princeton’s Department of Art and Archaeology to the study of art of the Middle Ages is supported in the Museum by examples of architectural sculpture; stained glass windows, among them an example from Chartres Cathedral; ivories; Limoges enamels; metalwork; and distinguished examples of German, Flemish, and Spanish polychrome wooden sculptures. 

The collection of old master paintings ranges from Italian gold ground panels by Guido da Siena, Francesco Traini, and Fra Angelico to 19th-century art, with particular strength in the Mannerist era. The important group of Dutch Mannerist paintings includes works by Hendrik Goltzius and Abraham Bloemaert. The Baroque is represented by Pietro da Cortona and Giovanni Battista Gaulli, while rococo masters include François Boucher and Jean-Siméon Chardin. The age of Enlightenment can be studied in paintings by Angelika Kauffmann, the studio of Jacques-Louis David, and Francisco de Goya. 

Among the 19th-century holdings are works by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, and Claude Monet. The art of the early 20th century includes paintings by Odilon Redon and the Russian master Ilya Repin, whose works are rare outside his homeland. 

The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, Inc., has placed on loan a magnificent collection of Post-Impressionist art, including masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, and Chaim Soutine. 

Betsy J. Rosasco

Research Curator of European Painting and Sculpture

Betsy Rosasco is an alumna of Smith College (B.A.) and The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (M.A. and Ph.d.). After teaching for a year at Bryn Mawr College, she joined the Princeton University Art Museum in 1981. The area of European Painting and Sculpture comprises art from the later Middle Ages to the modern period. Recent exhibitions in this area have included “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe,” in 2013 (in-house curator for exhibition organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, curated by Joaneath Spicer); “Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces from the Pearlman Collection,” in 2015 (co-curator with Laura Giles); “Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape,” in 2016 (in-house coordinator for exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts and Amgueddfa-Cymru—National Museum Wales, curated by Timothy Barringer and Oliver Fairclough). Her most recent publications include essays on Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Modigliani, and Kokoschka in the catalogue Cézanne and the Modern: Masterieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection, Princeton, 2014; “Les sculptures de Marly de Louis XIV: influence vénitienne et destinée sous Louis XV,” Bulletin du Centre de recherche du Château de Versailles, winter 2014; “François Boucher’s Water and Earth: Postscript to an Exhibition,” Record of the Princeton University Art Museum, vol. 72 (2014), 20-29; “The Herms of Versailles in the 1680s,” Princeton University Library Chronicle, vol. 76, nos. 1-2, autumn 2014-winter 2015, 145-75. Current projects include an online catalogue of French paintings in the Princeton University Art Museum collection, and preparatory planning for an exhibition on Édouard Manet’s painting process.