Treasures of British Art presents a selection of paintings from the acclaimed traveling exhibition, providing a panoramic view of British cultural history seen through its art. Featured are examples by the pre-eminent artists of the British School: Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Angelica Kauffman, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent, and Adam Birtwistle.
A companion catalog, Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection, is on sale in The Shop and online.
The exhibition began its tour at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine in fall 2014, then traveled to the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo, Utah.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
William M. B. Berger and his wife Bernadette Johnson Berger, founders of the collection that bears their name, began acquiring works of art by British artists in the mid-1990s. In a few short years they had assembled a collection of several hundred objects that spanned six centuries, from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. They were passionate about art’s potential to educate, and saw the collection as a resource for adults and children alike. Since 1998, most of The Berger Collection has been on longterm loan to the DAM, where a selection of works is on rotating view in a gallery dedicated to the collection on level 6 of the North Building.