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Snite Museum of Art

The Snite Museum of Art. On the left stands "Griffon", a large steel sculpture by David Hayes, a 1953 graduate of Notre Dame. The Humana Foundation Endowment for American Art helped underwrite creation of the sculpture.

The Snite Museum of Art is a fine art museum on the University of Notre Dame campus, near South Bend, Indiana. It owns over 23,000 works which represent many principal world cultures and periods, with a focus on Western art history.[1] It is particularly known for its Italian Renaissance paintings[2] and their Mesoamerican galleries. According to the website, ..."the museum now exhibits the most important collection of Olmec art in any art museum in the United States. The Unruh purchase reinforces the Museum's position as one of the most important general pre-Columbian collections in this country."[3]


Before the Snite opened in 1980, Notre Dame did not have an art museum, although various public spaces at the University offered galleries. As early as 1924, the Wightman Memorial Art Gallery at University Library was used for art exhibitions. In 1952, O'Shaughnessy Hall, home of the College of Arts and Letters, was equipped with galleries.[4] During the 1950s, Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović was in residence at the University, working in the eponymous Meštrović Studio.

In 1975, the Fred B. Snite family donated funds to construct the Snite Museum of Art. The museum opened in 1980, incorporating both Meštrović's sculpture studio (Snite is also home to the Ivan Meštrović papers)[5] and the O'Shaughnessy art gallery, the latter used for the presentation of traveling and temporary exhibitions.

Outreach programs

The Museum provides curriculum-related tours for 7,000 area-school children, after-school, and summer programs at the Robinson Community Learning Center, summer art camps for at-risk children, art instruction for ACE student teachers and teacher workshops for local K-12 instructors.[4]

Collections and holdings

This Olmec baby-face figurine is part of the Museum's large collection of Olmec artifacts.

The Snite holds paintings by artists such as late medieval paintings with devotional subject matter by Gentile da Fabriano (Master of Adoration of the Magi altarpiece, Minias of Florence, Gualtieri di Giovanni da Pisa, and Neroccio di Bartolomeo de' Landi.

It has baroque period paintings by Ativeduto Grammatica, Andrea Leone, Francesco Trevisani, Francesco Vanni, Claude Lorrain, Simon Vouet, Nicolas Maes, Jan Lievens, Jacobus Storck ("Port Scene"), and Isaac Luttichuys.

It has 18th-century paintings by Francois Boucher, Jean Francois de Troy, Carle Van Loo, and the American Benjamin West.

It also has 19th-century paintings by Alexandre-Hyacinthe Dunouy.

Americans represented with paintings at this art museum include Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, Ralston Crawford, and Irish-born Sean Scully.

20th Century painters also represented include Philip Pearlstein, and Josef Albers.

There are also sculptings by Ivan Meštrović (Ashbaugh Madonna).


  1. ^ ENR/PAZ // University Communications: Web // University of Notre Dame. "Collections // Snite Museum of Art // University of Notre Dame". Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Snite Museum of Art". AskART. Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  3. ^ ENR/PAZ // University Communications: Web // University of Notre Dame. "Snite Museum of Art // University of Notre Dame". Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Snite Museum of Art". Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  5. ^ "Notre Dame Archives Inventory: MST". Retrieved 2014-07-10. 

External links

  • Official website

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