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European and American

Since the collection’s inception in 1968 European and American painting, sculpture, and works of art on paper have provided a central focus of collection activity.

Among the highlights of the early European collection is a French mid-fourteenth-century ivory depicting the Nativity and the Crucifixion. The recent acquisition of an early fifteenth-century Florentine panel attributed to Lippo d’Andrea shows an enthroned Madonna and Child surrounded by saints in a composition typical of late medieval, early Renaissance art. The late-seventeenth-century terracotta relief sculpture of The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Avila, by Tommaso Amantini, a close follower of Bernini, brings a stellar and vivid example of Baroque art into view. Other works of similar significance are a portrait by Govaert Flinck, a student of Rembrandt, as well as three etchings from the 1630s by Rembrandt himself. In addition to prints by Piranesi, Durer, and Goya, the collection includes a lithograph of Manet’s Execution of the Emperor Maximilian. Among the holdings of European sculpture of the nineteenth century are portrait busts and idealized heads by Rude, Carpeaux, Falguiere, and Dalou, as well as Rosso’s piquant wax sculpture Bimbo Malato (Sick Child).

Holdings of American art include William Jennys’s portrait of Middlebury College founder Gamaliel Painter (c. 1805) and Peter Pelham’s (after John Smibert) portrait of The Reverend Henry Caner (1750). The collection also includes fine landscape paintings by John Frederick Kensett, Jasper Cropsey, and Frederic Edwin Church. A rare metal sculpture by Clark Mills representing General (later President) Andrew Jackson on horseback (c. 1855), as well as an unusual inkwell depicting an equestrian subject by William Rimmer, are also of note.

Adam and Eve Full Image

artist/maker:
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

date:
1638

medium:
etching on paper, 5 x 7 inches

nationality:
Dutch

period:
1606–1669

Object no: 1978.021

Purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund and the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund.

Bimbo Malato (Sick Boy) Full Image

artist/maker:
Medardo Rosso

date:
1893

medium:
wax and plaster, 10 1/2 x 9 3/8 x 7 inches

nationality:
Italian

period:
1858–1928

Object no: 1979.036

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund.

Study of an Old Man (The Village Betrothal) Full Image

artist/maker:
Jean-Baptiste Greuze

date:
c. 1763

medium:
red chalk on paper, 18 x 14 1/2 inches

nationality:
French

period:
1725–1805

Object no: 1980.004

Gift of the Friends of Art.

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Avila Full Image

artist/maker:
Tommaso Amantini

date:
1625–after 1675

medium:
terracotta, 34 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 4 inches

nationality:
Italian

period:
third quarter of the 17th century

Object no: 2000.004

Purchase with funds provided by the G. Crossan Seybolt Art Acquisition Fund, the Reva B. Seybolt Art Acquisition Fund, and the Calvert H. Seybolt Art Acquisition Fund.

The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds Full Image

artist/maker:
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

date:
1634

medium:
etching, drypoint, and engraving on paper, 10 3/8 x 8 5/8 inches (detail)

nationality:
Dutch

period:
1606–1669

Object no: 2002.012

Purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Fund, the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund, and the Memorial Art Fund.

Diptych with Scenes of the Nativity and Crucifixion Full Image

medium:
ivory, 3 1/16 x 4 7/8 inches

nationality:
French

period:
mid-14th century

Object no: 2002.013

Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund, the Frederick and Martha Lapham Art Acquisition Fund, and Margery Lehmann, Class of 1948, and Allen Stillman.

Rest on the Flight into Egypt Full Image

artist/maker:
Johann Wilhelm Baur

date:
1631

medium:
watercolor on paper, 4 1/8 x 5 1/2 inches

nationality:
German

period:
1607–1642

Object no: 2003.008

Bequest of Walter Cerf.

The Execution of Maximilian Full Image

artist/maker:
Édouard Manet

date:
1867–68/1884

medium:
lithograph on paper, 13 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

nationality:
French

period:
1832–1883

Object no: 2004.033

Purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Fund.

Self Portrait Full Image

artist/maker:
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

date:
c. 1631

medium:
etching on paper, 5 1/4 x 4 inches

nationality:
Dutch

period:
1606–1669

Object no: 2005.006

Gift of Ralph E. Shikes and Ruth Collins Shikes ’45.

The Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels and Saints John the Baptist and Nicholas of Bari Full Image

artist/maker:
Lippo D’Andrea

medium:
tempera on panel, 49 1/4 x 23 3/4 inches

nationality:
Italian

period:
1377-after 1427

Object no: 2005.056

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund and the Walter Cerf Art Fund. Conservation of this work was made possible by a generous grant from the Middlebury College Arts Council.

Gamaliel Painter Full Image

artist/maker:
J. William Jennys

date:
c. 1805

medium:
oil on panel, 29 x 23 1/2 inches

nationality:
American

period:
active 1798–1805

Object no: 0.061

Gift of an anonymous donor.

Landscape, Village in Distance Full Image

artist/maker:
John Frederick Kensett

date:
1850

medium:
oil on canvas, 21 x 30 inches (detail)

nationality:
American

period:
1816–1872

Object no: 0.100

Bequest of Joseph Battell.

Bust of Greek Slave Full Image

artist/maker:
Hiram Powers

date:
c. 1850-73

medium:
marble, 24 1/2 x 16 x 7 1/2 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1805-1873

Object no: 1970.006

Gift of the Friends of Art and the Salomon-Hutzler Foundation.

Eight Bells Full Image

artist/maker:
Winslow Homer

date:
1887

medium:
etching on paper, 19 3/8 x 25 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1836–1910

Object no: 1986.060

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund.

Billingsgate Full Image

artist/maker:
James Abbott McNeill Whistler

date:
1859

medium:
etching and drypoint on paper, 8 x 5 3/4 inches (detail)

nationality:
American

period:
1834–1903

Object no: 1986.070

Gift of Mrs. Thomas Dibble.

Andrew Jackson Full Image

artist/maker:
Clark Mills

date:
c. 1855

medium:
white metal with bronze, 24 x ?? x ?? inches

nationality:
American

period:
1815-1883

Object no: 1991.017

Purchase with funds provided by the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Fund and the Frederick and Martha Lapham Art Acquisition Fund.

Down the River on a Golden Morning Full Image

artist/maker:
Frederic Remington

date:
1896

medium:
oil on canvas, 27 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1861–1909

Object no: 1998.021

Gift of George Hood Helmer and Hamilton Wright Helmer in memory of their great great uncle George Murray Wright, Class of 1874, Trustee.

The Reverend Henry Caner Full Image

artist/maker:
Peter Pelham

date:
1750

medium:
mezzotint on paper, 13 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches

nationality:
American

period:
c. 1697–1751, after John Smibert, American, 1688–1751

Object no: 1999.010

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Maguire.

A View near Albano, Italy Full Image

artist/maker:
Jasper F. Cropsey

date:
1849–50

medium:
oil on canvas, 18 3/4 x 27 inches (detail)

nationality:
American

period:
1823–1900

Object no: 2002.007

Gift of Sylvia Kodjbanoff Keiser.

Otter Creek, Middlebury, Vermont Full Image

artist/maker:
Frederic Edwin Church

date:
1854

medium:
oil on canvas, 16 x 24 inches (detail)

nationality:
American

period:
1826–1900

Object no: 2002.028

Gift of Louis Bacon, Class of 1979.