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Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street
Phone: 410-547-9000 --
Statement of Purpose
Henry Walters (1848 1931) bequeathed his art gallery and his
collection of 22,000 works of art to his native city, "for the benefit
of the public."
The Walters bequest is still considered among the greatest acts
of cultural philanthropy in our nation's history.
William Walters (1819-94), Henry's father, had assembled a
splendid collection of nineteenth-century art and Asian art, but under
his son's auspices the collection was transformed into one of the
finest of all American private collections. Henry Walters's interests
were boundless, ranging over 5000 years, from ancient Egypt to art
nouveau. Although now significantly expanded, the museum's strength and
scope continue to reflect Mr. Walters's collecting genius and
Henry Walters's original art gallery was built between l 904 and
1909 and was restored between 1985 and 1988. Modeled after Italian
Renaissance and Baroque palace designs, its central court is a replica
of the cortile of Genoa's Palazzo Balbi, designed in the 1630s by
Bartolomeo Bianco. In 1974 a new wing was dedicated, which tripled the
amount of public gallery space and provided excellent conservation
facilities, an auditorium, classrooms, library, and curatorial offices.
Hackerman House, (the historic Thomas-Jencks-Gladding House) a
beautiful 1850 mansion, opened in 1991, providing magnificent galleries
for Asian art. Its former garden was transformed into the Pavilion
The Walters presents major exhibitions in its main floor exhibition
galleries and smaller changing exhihitions thoughout the museum.
Highlights & Collections
PERMANENT COLLECTIONS of THE WALTERS
- ANCIENT ART
- Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Near Eastem art.
Mummies, Greek and Roman statuary and vase paintings, temple reliefs,
ancient jewelry and more.
- MEDIEVAL ART
- Early Christian, Byzantine, Migration Period, Islamic,
Romanesque, Gothic and Late Gothic art provide an exciting view of the
- ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS and RARE BOOKS
- One of the top three collections of illuminated manuscripts
and rare books in the world featuring such rarities as The Assisi
- HACKERMAN HOUSE, ASIAN ART COLLECTION of THE WALTERS
- Over 1000 works of Chinese Japanese, Southeast Asian and
Indian art in a beautifully renovated 1850 townhouse.
- ARMS and ARMOR
- Armor and weaponry ranging from prehistoric times to the 19th
Century. Medieval armor, swords and daggers, crossbows, spears, and
halberds, flintlocks and musket are all on view.
- OLD MASTER PAINTINGS
- Masterpieces by El Greco, Bernini, Raphael, Veronese,
Pontormo, Van Dyck, Reni, Tiepolo, and many more on permanent display
in beautiful renaissance and baroque galleries.
- 19TH CENTURY PAINTING, SCULPTURE and DECORATIVE ARTS
- Paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Manet, Degas, Gerome, Daumier,
Delacroix, and Corot and many others. Excellent collections of
decorative arts including Sevres porcelains, carved ivories, Tiffany
jeweky, Faberge eggs, and Maiolica.
The permanent collection spans 50 centuries of man's creativity
in the arts - from ancient Egypt to Art Nouveau. Antiquity through 19th
century: decorative arts, painting, sculpture, arms and armor, jewelry,
Exhibits & Special Events
on view Sept. 16, 2006–March 11, 2007
Courbet and the Modern
on view Oct. 15, 2006–Jan. 7, 2007
- The Walters’ new hours are: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.
- The Pavilion at The Walters serves a variety of continental
cuisine, light fare, and desserts. Lunch hours: Tues-Fri, 11:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sat/Sun, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Call 410-727-CAFE.
410-547-9000 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday) or 410-547-ARTS (24
Admission & Directions:
- The Walters Art Museum is free to the general public.
- The museum is located in the historic Mount Vernon district
in downtown Baltimore, only ten blocks from the Inner Harbor.
A lighted parking lot, with parking attendant and security,
is located directly across from The Walters at Centre and Cathedral
Street. Other parking lots nearby include Peabody Garage at Centre and
St. Paul Sts., and Franklin Street Parking at West Franklin Street.
View of an Ideal City
late 15th century, anonymous.
Donor with St. John the Baptist
by Hugo van der Goes, ca. 1475.
Portrait of Countess Livia da Porto Thiene and her daughter Porzia.
by Paolo Veronese, ca. 1550.
Madonna of the Candelabra.
by Raphael, ca. 1513-14.
by Bicci di Lorenzo, ca. 1430.
Buddha (Sui or T'ang dynasty)
painted lacquer over wood.
Marchese Massimiliano Stampa
by Sofonisba Anguissola, 1557.
A Mourning Woman
Ercole de Roberti's, 15th century.
Roosters, Chicks and Morning Glories
by Watanabe Seiti (Meiji Period).
The Peachbloom Vase (1710-22)
Gary Vikan, Museum Director
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