While the Taft historic house undergoes a major rehabilitation project for its bicentennial, making it inaccessible to the public, the museum will move more than 100 highlights from the collection to create our special exhibitions, In a New Light and Borrowed Gems. Rediscover the Taft's European and American master paintings and sculptures, 17th–19th century European watches, Chinese porcelains, French Renaissance enamels, and 19th-century American furniture.
Explore highlights from the Taft's permanent collection in our online gallery. The pieces that are featured are chosen from the 740-piece collection and coincide with the museum’s major areas of specialization: European paintings, European decorative arts, American art, and Chinese art.
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Highlights from the Collection published by D Giles Limited, is available in the Museum Shop online and in-store. The volume presents highlights from 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 porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties, paintings by masters including Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Gainsborough, Goya, Ingres, Corot, Whistler, and Sargent, and decorative works of art, including enamels, ceramics, and metalwork. The 80 pieces featured in this volume, chosen from the 740-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. Former 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.