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Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection is the most significant private collection of British art in the United States. Spanning six centuries, this exhibition presents 50 masterpieces from this collection in a variety of subjects, styles, and eras. The Berger Collection rivals only the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale Center for British Art in its holdings of British artworks from the 1500s and early 1600s. It’s truly one of the most unique private collections in the world, and we’re thrilled to have it at the PMA.
From a religious panel of the 14th century and royal portraits of the 16th century to abstract landscapes of the 20th century, the exhibition features 50 highlights of the Berger Collection, including works by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543), Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797), Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830), Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788), John Constable (1776–1837), George Stubbs (1856–1925), and Sir Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932). The paintings are grouped in thematic sections, including: "The Scepter and the Sail: British Rule," which showcases royal portraits and a naval battle scene; "The Realm of Nature," which features landscapes and animal paintings; and "The Grand Manner & The Grand Tour," which explores the evolution of history painting and international influences on British art.
Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Art, 1400 - 2000 is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the Berger Collection Education Trust. Foundation support is provided by the F. M. Kirby Foundation. Corporate sponsorship is provided Unum and by The Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, VT, and media sponsorship is provided by WCSH 6.