The Character of an Art Collection: Isabella Stewart Gardner, Henry Clay Frick, Albert C. Barnes, David Lloyd Kreeger, and the Donor Memorial in the U.S.

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The Character of an Art Collection: Isabella Stewart Gardner, Henry Clay Frick, Albert C. Barnes, David Lloyd Kreeger, and the Donor Memorial in the U.S.

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Title: The Character of an Art Collection: Isabella Stewart Gardner, Henry Clay Frick, Albert C. Barnes, David Lloyd Kreeger, and the Donor Memorial in the U.S.
Author: Litowitz, Dana D.
Advisor: Steffenson, Ingrid
Department: Bryn Mawr College. Growth and Structure of Cities Program
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 276493 bytes2735245 bytes18756 bytes
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: Donor memorial museums represent a unique group of American art collections. These museums, created by private art collectors to perpetuate their own legacies, are among the most interesting institutions in the American art world. House museums like the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Frick Collection, and the Kreeger Museum are especially intriguing because each iconoclastic collector conceived and implemented a specific vision for how visitors would view the collection. These museums, along with one of the most controversial private art collections in the country, the Barnes Foundation, share many similarities in format and creation. Each is an anomaly in its respective setting and fully projects the force and personality of its creator. The architectural styles of the buildings especially convey the eccentricities of the donors, who chose ostentatious, incongruous architectural vocabularies for 20th century Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Strong desires and wishes of the collection creators, coupled with virtually iron-clad legal wills, ensure constancy and permanence for these institutions. Although it no longer seems to be the fashion or convention of the wealthy to devote energies and resources to cultivating such private art collections, these institutions remain popular destinations for art lovers. Their continued existence allows us to understand how people of another age created monuments to themselves—museums that still fascinate and attract us today.
Subject: Art -- Private collections
Subject: Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924 -- Art collections
Subject: Frick, Henry Clay, 1849-1919 -- Art collections
Subject: Barnes, Albert C. (Albert Coombs), 1872-1951 -- Art collections
Subject: Kreeger, David Lloyd -- Art collections
Subject: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Subject: Frick Collection
Subject: Kreeger Museum
Subject: Barnes Foundation
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1418

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Litowitz, Dana D.. "The Character of an Art Collection: Isabella Stewart Gardner, Henry Clay Frick, Albert C. Barnes, David Lloyd Kreeger, and the Donor Memorial in the U.S.". 2008. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1418.

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