About the Collection



From its modest beginnings in 1965, as a small study collection founded by Brother Daniel Burke, La Salle University Art Museum's collections have grown over the years through gifts and purchases, and now comprise a diverse selection of over 5,000 works of art. The collections serve the didactic needs of a teaching museum with a Lasallian mission centered on experiential education for college students as well as service to external audiences, particularly underserved schoolchildren.

La Salle University Art Museum's core collection focuses on Western art, with a comprehensive selection of European and American art from the Renaissance to the present, featuring examples of most major art movements with a range of subject matter. This core collection includes close to 350 paintings, 65 sculptures, 500 drawings, 3,000 graphic prints, 175 photographs and a few items of furniture and decorative art. Highlights include paintings by Jacopo Robusti (known as Tintoretto), Portrait of a Gentleman, 16th century; Jacob Duck, Serving Wine to an Officer in a Guardroom, 17th century; Charles Willson Peale, David Gelston, 1792; Henry Ossawa Tanner, Mary, 1898; George Rouault, The Last Romantic, 1937; Dorothea Tanning, Temptation of St. Anthony, 1945; and sculptures by Käthe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait, 1936; and Dame Elizabeth Frink, Walking Madonna, 1981. Works on paper include prints by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Mary Cassatt and James McNeil Whistler; drawings by Pietro da Cortona, Salvator Rosa, Eugène Delacroix and Edgar Degas; and photographs by Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.

La Salle University Art Museum also owns special collections of non-Western and ancient art. These include over 100 Japanese Ukiyo-e and Modern prints from the 19th and 20th centuries; 70 sub-Saharan African sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries; 165 Indian miniatures from the 17th to the 19th centuries; 160 Chinese ceramics from Neolithic period through the Ming Dynasty (7,000 BCE - 1,644 CE); 70 Pre-Columbian textiles and ceramics (200 BCE - c. 1,500 CE); and 50 ancient Greek Tanagra figurines and ceramics from the Mycenaean through the Hellenistic periods (1,300 BCE - 27 BCE).

A selection of Western European and American paintings and sculptures is arranged in a series of six permanent galleries, loosely organized by century. Selections from works which are not on permanent view often form the basis for temporary exhibitions, sometimes supplemented by loans from other museums. To make an appointment to view these works contact artmuseum@lasalle.edu.