James John Hill, “The Fisherman’s Daughter”
James John Hill, “The Fisherman’s Daughter,” oil on canvas, ca. 1855–1860. Gift of Miss Evelyn Page, 1958.64.

New London, Connecticut – “Brought to Light: European Paintings from the Collection” showcases the Lyman Allyn’s collection of European paintings with a selection of portraits, history paintings, still lifes, genre scenes, and landscapes from the early Renaissance through the 1800s.

European paintings have been part of the collection since the Lyman Allyn opened in 1932, but the museum’s more recent emphasis on American art has kept its European paintings hidden away in storage. “Brought to Light” reexamines the museum’s European paintings, sharing key pieces and their rich stories with the public. The exhibition is on view from through the summer of 2020.

Unknown artist, "Still Life with Cherries"
Unknown artist, “Still Life with Cherries,” oil on canvas, early 1600s. Gift of Mr. Nathan Joseph Leigh, 1958.105.

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The Lyman Allyn’s European collection is eclectic, the result of art acquired over decades through individual gifts and purchases. This installation, which occupies three adjacent galleries and the corridor on the second floor of the museum, results from consultations with subject specialists and from recent research, with the goal of better understanding the collection and advancing scholarship.

Organized by subject matter, “Brought to Light” presents a range of styles and topics by British, Dutch, Flemish, French, Italian, Spanish, and other European artists, suggesting both commonalities and differences in how painters in various eras and places approached their material, portraying people, places, and stories with enduring appeal.

Learn more at www.lymanallyn.org.

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