drawing of six stylized figures

Henry Moore, British (1898–1986), Reclining Figures: Ideas for Stone Sculpture, 1944, pencil, white wax crayon, chalk, watercolor wash, coloured crayon, gouache, pen and ink on paper, 15 11/16 x 22 3/8 inches.Purchase with theCarnegie Fund, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 55.48. Photo: Jeff Wells, © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / www.henry-moore.org

Painting of woman (Mary) holding baby (Jesus) surrounded by cherubs while man (Joseph) walks with mule.

Jan Brueghel the Younger, Flemish (1601 -1 678) and Hendrik Van Balen, Flemish (1575 – 1632), Rest on the Flight into Egypt (detail), c. 1630, oil paint and tempera on wood, 37 ½ x 57 ¼ inches framed, Gift of William M. Goodrich, Wilmette, Illinois, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 55.51, Photo: Jeff Wells, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

print of a renaissance era man with a fancy hat facing away from the viewer

Abraham Bosse, French (1602–1676), Standing Cavalier Preparatory Study (detail), 17th century, pen and ink on paper, 5 ½ x 3 ½ inches composition. Purchase with the Carnegie Fund, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 54.19. © CU Art Museum.

a carved stone architectural element from a medieval structure

Unidentified Artist, French, Capital, 1150 – 1199 CE, limestone, 9 x 11 4/5 x 23 3/5 inches, Purchase with The Carnegie Fund and Discretionary Funds, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2010.01, Photo: Jeff Wells, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

print of a domestic scene of a woman and two men

William Hogarth, British (1697 – 1764), Marriage A-la-Mode [Plate II] (detail), 1745, from the “Marriage A-la-Mode” series, second state, etching and engraving, 14 x 17 ½ inches composition, Gift of Nathan H. and Anna Creamer, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 79.886, Photo: Jeff Wells, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

Our collection includes a wide range of historic European art, including medieval ivory carving, architectural stone carving and manuscripts. Our Renaissance and Baroque works capture the richness and variety of drawings made during the Early Modern period with figure studies, imaginative landscapes by Canaletto and preparatory works, including a masterful pen and ink drawing by Francisco Solimena. Paintings from this period include Jan Brueghel the Younger’s mystical representation of the Holy Family taking rest on the Flight into Egypt.

Highlights include 100 works by artist and humorist William Hogarth that survey daily life in 18th-century London . Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s inventive engravings of Carceri (Prisons) are an example of the continuing influence of ancient Rome, while 19th- and 20th-century artists, including Käthe Kollwitz, Henry Moore and Jean Dubuffet, engaged with events that shaped modern Europe and provided a new interpretation of classical forms.

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