Treasures of British Art

The Berger Collection
Opens March 2, 2019
Lady standing for portrait

Anthony van Dyck, Dorothy, Lady Dacre, about 1633. Oil paint on canvas; 50 x 40 in. Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18887

Adriaen van Diest, The Battle of Lowestoft, about 1690. Oil paint on canvas; 40 3/4 x 71 1/4 in. Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 8.2010

British School, The Crucifixion, about 1395

British artist, The Crucifixion, about 1395. Tempera and oil paint with gilded tin relief on oak panel; 39 7/8 x 21 1/2 in. Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18011

Hans Holbein the Younger and studio, Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VI), about 1538. Oil paint on panel; 22 3/4 x 17 in. Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-17310

John Singer Sargent, Rosina FerraraHead of a Capri Girl, 1878. Oil paint on cardboard; 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.21

Three Young Girls

British artist, Portrait of Three Girls, about 1620. Oil paint on panel; 32 1/2 x 44 3/8 in. Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18018

Portrait of the Radcliffe family, including father, mother and nine children in fancy 18th century clothing.

Thomas Hudson, The Radcliffe Family, about 1742. Oil paint on canvas; 114 1/2 x 171 3/8 in. Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-17968

March 2, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Hamilton Building - Level 2
Included in general admission
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Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection showcases more than 60 paintings gifted to the museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) in 2018. The BCET’s gift is the largest gift of European old masters to the DAM since the museum received the Kress Collection in the 1950s. The exhibition will present a chronological selection of works ranging from the 1400s through the late 1800s, telling the story of Britain’s rich cultural history. The exhibition will invite visitors to immerse themselves in the places, personalities, and events that shaped a nation over the course of five centuries.

Treasures of British Art will present 500 years of British cultural history through the stories of its people, captured by the enduring brilliance of artists of the time. The exhibition will feature devotional images, portraits, landscapes and sporting scenes by the greatest artists of the British School—including Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence and John Constable—as well as non-British artists who spent significant time in Britain—such as the Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck, and American artists Benjamin West and John Singer Sargent.

This exhibition will present groundbreaking results of recent research conducted on the collection’s renowned group of portraits from the Tudor era. Among the findings: the portrait of Henry VIII is one of seven stylistically similar Tudor royal portraits that were likely all painted by the same artist. What’s more, five of these pictures – including the Berger Henry VIII – were found to have been painted on wood from the same tree. More details to come in 2019.

Beyond the groundbreaking forensic discoveries, visitors will be fascinated by the timeless relevance of artwork subjects featured in Treasures of British Art. The exhibition will display how international exchange influenced British art, history and culture. Not since the DAM’s 1999 landmark exhibition 600 Years of British Painting will so many works from the Berger Collection be on view.

A catalog accompanying the exhibition is already available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and through the online shop. A related academic symposium will be held at the DAM in September 2019. Organized by the DAM and curated by Kathleen Stuart, curator of the Berger Collection at the DAM.

Learn more about the collection here.

For Members

Entry to Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection is free for members (included in general admission).

Exhibition Catalog

Berger Treasures
Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection

Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the Berger Collection Educational Trust. Support is provided by Friends of Painting and Sculpture, a support group of the Denver Art Museum, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.