Greenwich Collects at the Bruce Museum

Greenwich is fortunate to be the one of the most active centers for the private collecting of art in the country, indeed in the world. This show serves to illustrate the diversity of three local collections.

Jacopo Ligozzi (Italian, 1547–1627) Head of a Woman with Elaborate Headdress From the collection of Helen-Mae and Seymour Askin

Jacopo Ligozzi (Italian, 1547–1627)
Head of a Woman with Elaborate Headdress
From the collection of Helen-Mae and Seymour Askin

Although only a selection of a portion of their holdings, the works on view speak to the remarkable level of quality achieved and the connoisseurship their owners brought to bear on the assembly of their collections. With that in Mind, the Bruce Museum has curated a show, Wyeth, Italian Renaissance Drawings and Chinese Antiquities that will run through August 31.

One of these collections at the Bruce Museum is comprised of splendid and exceedingly rare Italian Renaissance and Baroque drawings. A second has a focus on American art with special strengths in Andrew Wyeth’s art – a perennial favorite with modern museum-goers. Finally, the third collection offers an excellent array of ancient Chinese ceramics, primarily from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It seems fitting to have these antiquities on view when we are featuring the exhibition of Chinese and American contemporary artists’ works in Tale of Two Cities: New York & Beijing.

Lokapala  Tang Dynasty, 618-907 40 x 16 x 12 in.  Promised gift of Fred and Jane Brooks Photo by Paul Mutino

Lokapala
Tang Dynasty, 618-907
40 x 16 x 12 in.
Promised gift of Fred and Jane Brooks
Photo by Paul Mutino

As heterodox as the three collections are, they reflect the passion and discernment of their owners. This is an art exhibition not to be missed this summer. The Bruce Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm, Doors close 1/2 hour before closing, and the last admission 4:30 pm. For more information about the Bruce Museum visit http://www.brucemuseum.org.

For area information http://www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com.

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