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Recent Acquisitions

Since the Gallery was founded in 1832, its collection has grown to number more than 250,000 objects. The museum actively acquires new objects each year through gifts, purchases, and bequests.
Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness

2018–19 Acquisitions

Between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, the Gallery acquired more than 4,000 works of art. Highlights include a textile work by Seneca artist Marie Watt, M.F.A. 1996; a collection of almost 2,000 specimen bank notes from across the globe; a major painting by the 17th-century Bolognese artist Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino; cotton and silk woven textiles from Myanmar; prints by Jasper Johns; and photographs by the South African artist Pieter Hugo.

For more information on the past year’s acquisitions, explore the articles in the 2019 Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin or download the full list of acquisitions.

Selected 2018–19 Acquisitions

Acquisitions Lists Archive

From the late 1940s through 2009, almost every issue of the annual Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin included a full list of the museum’s acquisitions for the year. Since 2010, the acquisition lists have been published digitally to make information about the collection more broadly accessible and contribute to the University’s efforts to increase sustainability and conserve natural resources. Order back issues of the Bulletin from the Museum Store.

To view past acquisitions lists, click on the PDF links.