European Painting & Sculpture

The Allentown Art Museum houses a strong collection of more than one hundred European Old Master paintings and sculpture. The collection owes its origins to a substantial gift of fifty paintings, three sculptures, and eight frames from the collector and philanthropist Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955), which came to the Museum in 1960 and 1961. This group of works features a concise, balanced survey that reflects the spectrum of Renaissance and Baroque art. It includes a fine selection of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, and rare German paintings as well as works of early European sculpture. Since the initial Kress gift, the Museum has supplemented its strength in these areas by acquiring some forty additional works of art, including an impressive selection of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings.