Davis Museum and Cultural Center Collection (Wellesley College)

Artstor and the Davis Museum at Wellesley College are collaborating to make available more than 9,000 images from the Museum's permanent collections in the Digital Library.

The Davis is home to permanent collections of approximately 11,000 objects from around the globe. Among its paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, and decorative objects, dating from antiquity to the present day, are works by historical artists, including Jacopo Sansovino, Pinturicchio, Giorgio Vasari, Lavinia Fontana, Angelica Kauffmann, Ammi Phillips, John Singleton Copley, George Inness, Mary, Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Oskar Kokoschka, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Andy Warhol; and contemporary artists, including Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Laylah Ali, Radcliffe Bailey, Antonio Berni, Dawoud Bey, Ann Hamilton, Sol LeWitt, Soong May-Ling, Ana Mendieta, Lygia Pape, Adrian Piper, Lorna Simpson, and Joaquin Torres among many.

The Davis traces its holdings to the earliest years of Wellesley College, when founder Henry Fowle Durant began a campaign to acquire original works of art as well as plaster casts of classical sculpture, in service of a liberal arts education for women. In 1993, the Davis opened its doors in a new building — the first U.S. commission for Rafael Moneo, who went on to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize. This jewel of a building rearticulated and revitalized the longstanding commitment to the central role of the visual arts in undergraduate liberal arts education at Wellesley College. Today, the Davis thrives as a hub of intellectual and aesthetic innovation.