Collection Highlights

Yale University Art Gallery’s permanent collection was founded in 1832. Since that time the collection has grown to number more than 200,000 objects representing Eastern and Western cultures and ranging in date from ancient times to the present. Following are a selection of highlights from each department chosen to reflect the depth and breadth of the collection.

Trousseau Box
Moonlight Bamboo
Herakles and the Nemean Lion
Female Figure (Biiga)
Bowl depicting Faridun, Kava, and Zahhak in an episode from Firdawsi's Shahnameh
Rue Galande, Paris
Urn with Lotus Petals
Prisoner I
Ear Ornament
Revolving Control
In despair, Olympia throws herself on the bed, illustration for Canto X, verse 27, of Lodovico Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso"
Portrait of the Emperor Commodus as a Boy