Past Exhibitions

Every exhibition presented by the Museum sets out to explore, often for the first time, some important feature of academic art and the institutions that nourished it in 19th- and early 20th-century Europe. Utilizing loans from distinguished international collections, both private and public, previous exhibitions have examined—among other topics—the training of artists; the world of the Salon with its competitions and juries; the 19th-century fascination with the Orient, reciprocated from Cairo to Paris; the influence of photography, travel, and archeological discoveries of the classical past; and the reproduction of artworks for an international market.

Fantasy and Faith: The Art of Gustave Doré
January 23 – April 22, 2007
Napoleon on the Nile: Soldiers, Artists, and the Rediscovery of Egypt
June 8, 2006 – April 22, 2007

Stories To Tell: Masterworks from the Kelly Collection of American Illustration
February 14 – May 21, 2006
The Legacy of Homer: Four Centuries of Art from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
October 11, 2005 – January 22, 2006
The Dahesh Collection: Celebrating a Decade of Discovery
May 24 – September 22, 2005
First Seen: Photographs of the World’s Peoples, 1840-1880
February 1 – May 1, 2005
Facing the Other: Charles Cordier, Ethnographic Sculptor
October 12, 2004 – January 13, 2005
From Homer to the Harem:
The Art of Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ

June 22 – September 19, 2004
Staging the Orient: Visions of the East at La Scala and The Metropolitan Opera
March 2 – May 30, 2004
Charles Bargue: The Art of Drawing
November 25, 2003 – February 8, 2004
Reframing Academic Art:
Masterworks of the Dahesh Museum of Art

September 3, 2003 – February 8, 2004
French Artists in Rome: Ingres to Degas, 1803-1873
September 3 – November 2, 2003