Eugène Delacroix. Cleopatra and the Peasant. 1838. Oil on canvas. Image and data provided by Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eugène Delacroix. Cleopatra and the Peasant. 1838. Oil on canvas. Image and data provided by Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has contributed an additional 5,000 images from its global permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library, bringing their total to over 16,000.* The selection in Artstor provides generous representation of the collection across diverse curatorial departments.

Standouts from this current contribution span continents. The museum has added outstanding works from its notable Asian collection, including the diminutive 19th-century opaque watercolor Adoration of Parasurama and an ornate icon of a Jain goddess in copper alloy. From Côte d’Ivoire, a blackened wood and raffia helmet mask contrasts with a well-worn wooden figurative sculpture.

European highlights from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries include masterworks by Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Émile Bernard. Stark paintings from The Legend of John Brown series by American icon Jacob Lawrence round out the contribution.

Established in 1958, the Ackland Art Museum is one of North Carolina’s premier cultural institutions, with more than 18,000 objects in its permanent collection. It is recognized for its holdings of Asian, African, and ancient art, and decorative arts from Europe and the Americas, notably glass from the 1880s through the 1950s. Further, the modern and contemporary collections reflect diversity with works by Émile Bonnard, Man Ray, Robert Frank, Jacob Lawrence, Fairfield Porter, Anthony Caro, Nam June Paik, Anish Kapoor, Felrath Hines, Adrian Piper, Do-Ho Suh, and Carrie Mae Weems. Functional pottery and outsider art from North Carolina demonstrate the region’s own rich artistic traditions.

In keeping with a founding mission statement, the Museum acquires objects because of their quality and ability to convey the breadth of human achievement in the visual arts. This encyclopedic ambition has generated a substantial collection well-suited to its diverse communities.

The Ackland Art Museum collection is being released as part of a thematic launch on American college museums that includes selections from: the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; the Davis Museum and Cultural Center (Wellesley College); the Davison Art Center (Wesleyan University); the Ringling Theatre Collection (University of Florida); the Tufts University Art Gallery; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Collection; and the Williams College Museum of Art.

View the collection in the Artstor Digital Library, or learn more at the Ackland Art Museum (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) collection page.

*Image totals may vary from country to country, reflecting Artstor’s obligation to address the specifics of international copyright.