Museum Educational Site Licensing Project: Content Selection Working Group

MESL Content Selection
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

First Distribution Description

The Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, represent the artistic achievements of humanity world wide, encompassing a span of over 6,000 years. From this encyclopedic collection the museum selected 745 images for the first installment of the Museum Educational Site Licensing Program. They represent works from the following collection areas: Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities; pre-20th century western European art and decorative arts including the John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art; pre-20th century American art and decorative arts featuring the Bayou Bend Collection; Pre- Columbian and Native American art; and Asian, African, and Oceanic art.

Antiquities: The items presented in this area include an Egyptian predynastic period vessel, a cycladic female idol, Greek gold laurel wreath, selected pieces of Hellenistic jewelry, the signature white ground Lekythos by the Houston painter, a red- figure Hydria depicting women sorting wool, attributed to the painter of the Yale Oinochoe; an Attic Grave Stela for a Woman, a Roman Julio-Claudian period marble standing figure of a goddess, a Severan period bronze standing figure of a Roman ruler, a marble portrait head of Fluvia Plautilla, wife of the Emperor Carracalla, a later Severan period marble sarcophagus front depicting the return of Meleager to Kalydon, as well as a selection of ancient Roman glass from the collection.

European art: Among the important holdings representing this area are master paintings by Fra Angelico, Giovanni di Paolo, Sebastiano del Piombo, Memling, and Rogier van der Weyden, the Master of the Straus Madonna, works by Gentileschi, Claude, Preti, Champaigne, Canaletto, Bellotto, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Goya, Corot, Delacroix, Rousseau, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, sculpture by Antico, Riccio, Susini, Della Robbia, Clodion, and Houdon.

Also featured in this group are works from the John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art including works by Bonnard, Braque, Caillebotte, Cassatt, Cezanne, Daumier, Degas, Derain, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Manet, Modigliani, Monet, Redon, Renoir, Rouault, Serusier, Seurat, Signac, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vlaminck, and Vuillard.

The images presented from the American Art Collection include selections from the museum's Bayou Bend Collection of American Decorative Arts. Featured among the items in this collection are: an easy chair from Massachusetts, 1760-1790, with its original bargello (or flame stitch) upholstery intact, a Newport block and shell desk and bookcase, a Federalist period Tambour desk, and works by Edward Hicks, John Singleton Copley, Frederic Church, John Frederick Kensett, John James Audubon, Severin Roesen, George Catlin, John Singer Sargent, Frederic Remington, Augustus Saint- Gaudens, William Merrit Chase, Thomas Eakins, and George Bellows.

Pre-Columbian and Native American Art: Included among the items in this group are a stone Aztec sculpture of a Standard-bearer, 1425-1521; two parts of a Late Classic period Maya Hieroglyphic Inscription from Tablet Y, from Pomon , Mexico; a Late Classic period Maya Seated Male from a Relief Panel, from Chiapas, Mexico, probably Palenque; an Olmec Effigy Vessel in the Form of a Duck; a Moche Effigy Container in the Form of a Woman; a gold Sic n beaker, a Zuni Pueblo Jar (olla), 1880-85; and a Hopi Woman's Ceremonial Manta, 1890-1905.

African and Oceanic Art: This sampling of the items in the museum's African and Oceanic Art Collection include an important Dogan Ceremonial Trough with Horse's Head, late 18th or early 19th century; an Edo Plaque (ama) with Court Retainer; Ndebele Ceremonial Aprons; a Bamana Door with Lizard Lock; an Ekpeye Pangolin Headdress; a Baule Nature Spirit (asie usu); a Yoruba Mother-and-Child Figure, late 19th century; a Slit Drum (tamtam) by Chief Rofor from Vanuatu, as well as a monumental Crocodile, 1900-1950, made by the Karawari people of the Middle Sepik area of Papua New Guinea.

Asian Art: Included is a representative selection from the museum's collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian as well as from the Indian sub-continent. Among the items represented is a rare signed Amida Nyorai sculpture by the Japanese artist Koei (Unkei IX), a Chinese Zhou dynasty bronze covered Ding, and 10th century Central Indian sandstone sculpture depicting Vishnu and his Avatars.


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