The Samuel H. Kress collection now complete, including images from the National Gallery of Art
The Samuel H. Kress Collection is now launched in its entirety in the Artstor Digital Library. This release consists of more than 1,100 images of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from 27 museums, including approximately 700 works from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. These new images bring the collection total to approximately 1,700 images, which depict European art from the 13th to the early 19th centuries, with exceptional strength in Italian art. In 2005, Artstor and The Samuel H. Kress Foundation announced a collaboration to photograph and digitize works formerly in the Kress Collection and make them available in the Digital Library. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the participation of 50 institutions, the paintings and sculptures from the Kress Collection have been reassembled in Artstor for teaching and scholarship.
From the mid-1920s to the end of the 1950s, Samuel Henry Kress (1863-1955), his brother, Rush Kress (1877-1963), and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation amassed one of the most astonishing collections of European art ever assembled through the efforts of a private individual. Starting in the early 1930s, in an extraordinary act of philanthropy, Samuel Kress began to divide his private collection to share the artistic legacy of Europe with the American people. The largest single donation went to the National Gallery of Art, which is represented in Artstor with approximately 700 works of European art from the 13th through the 18th centuries, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and medals. The rest of the Kress Collection was distributed to various institutions across the United States, including regional museums in 18 American cities, study collections at 23 colleges and universities, and major gifts of special collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library & Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Kress Collection in Artstor consists of contributions from 50 institutions—click here for the complete list of contributing museums.
To view the entire Kress Collection in Artstor, go to the Digital Library, browse by collection and click “The Samuel H. Kress Collection,” or enter the keyword search: kressfoundation. To view the Kress works in the National Gallery of Art separately, click on “The National Gallery of Art” when browsing by collection or enter the keyword search: nga kress.