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Overview and Highlights

The Gallery’s permanent collection was founded in 1832 when the patriot-artist John Trumbull gave more than one hundred of his paintings to Yale College. Since that time, the collection has grown to number more than 250,000 objects representing Eastern and Western cultures and ranging in date from ancient times to the present day.

Recent Acquisitions

Recent 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.

Conservation

Conservation

The Conservation Department works with all departments at the Gallery to ensure the long-term care of the collection. The department recognizes the importance of preventive conservation and recommends, develops, and institutes measures to ensure appropriate conditions for the storage, transport, and display of art. Conservators examine and analyze objects in the collection to inform treatment methods and further teaching, scholarship, and research.

Collection Resources

The Gallery welcomes individuals and groups to view its collections in the public galleries as well as in a number of special study centers and rooms, online resources, and archives. For information about the Furniture Study Center, Wurtele Study Center, Study Room for Numismatics, Nolen Center Library, or Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, as well as the Gallery’s archives and online resources, visit our Resources page.

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