The Taft Museum of Art is home to an extensive art collection that includes European and American master paintings and sculptures, and 17th-19th century European watches, Chinese porcelains, French Renaissance enamels, and 19th-century American furniture.
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This new volume presents highlights of the Taft Museum of Art’s exceptional collection, which spans over 750 years of creative endeavor. Donated to the city of Cincinnati in 1927, Charles and Anna Taft’s collection features beautiful porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties, paintings by masters including Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Gainsborough, Goya, Ingres, Corot, Whistler, and Sargent, and decorative pieces including crystal, gold, silver, and enamel work. The 80 pieces that feature in this volume, chosen from the 790-piece collection, are presented in four sections, coinciding with the museum’s major areas of specialization: European painting, European decorative arts, American art, and Chinese art.
Each piece is accompanied by an entry detailing its history and that of its artist or maker written by Taft curatorial staff. Taft chief curator Lynne D. Ambrosini’s essay explores the collecting practice of Charles and Anna Taft, including the inspiration they derived for their own collecting from visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Museum director Deborah Emont Scott’s Foreword provides a history of the Taft bequest and its lasting significance to the city of Cincinnati and its present-day inhabitants.