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Explore the collection of the Allentown Art Museum. Our collection comprises over 17,000 objects, 1,100 of which currently have records in our online collections database. Our rich and varied holdings reflect both local and global artistic traditions, with particular areas of strength in textiles, Renaissance painting, American art, and prints.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH THE OBJECTS IN OUR COLLECTION using title, artist name, year, category, or culture. Some of the categories in which our collection is strongest:
 

American Painting & Sculpture
The Allentown Art Museum’s collection features American painting and sculpture from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. A unique aspect of the American collection is work by nationally recognized artists with connections to Eastern Pennsylvania, such as Franz Kline, Harry Bertoia, Wharton Esherick, Hans Moller, and Nelson Shanks. A selection of about one hundred works of art spanning two hundred fifty years is on view in our galleries.


Franz Kline (American, 1910–1962), Lehighton, 1945, oil on canvas, 166 x 75 in. Purchase: Leigh Schadt and Edwin Schadt Art Museum Trust Fund, 2016

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Library
A gem of the Allentown Art Museum’s collection is the library from the Francis W. Little House, designed 1912–1915 by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1971, the summer house in Wayzata, Minnesota, commissioned by Francis and Mary Little, which included this library, was scheduled for demolition. Fortunately, Wright’s work was able to be rescued. The library is now on permanent view at the Allentown Art Museum, while the living room is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959), Library from the Francis W. Little House, 1912–1915, white oak, plaster, glass, copper-electroplated zinc, brass. Gift of Audrey and Bernard Berman, 1972

 

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.


Canaletto (Italian, 1697–1768), View of Piazza San Marco, Venice, ca. 1740–1746, oil on canvas. Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1961

 

Textiles & Costumes
The Allentown Art Museum’s textile and costume collection spans some sixteen centuries and five continents. This outstanding and unusually wide-ranging collection of nearly eight thousand objects represents the most globally diverse section of the Museum’s holdings. It provides an extensive scope for research, exhibitions, and programming and has drawn both national and international attention for its quality. Gifts of the Merle-Smith family and from Ellie Laubner form the core of this collection.


Marshall Field & Co. Inc., manufacturer (American, 1852–2005), Watch Parts Dress Fabric, from the Technocracy Prints series, 1933, printed silk crepe. Gift of Kate Fowler Merle-Smith, 1978

 

Prints, Drawings, & Photographs
Works on paper are an important element of the Allentown Art Museum’s collection and are frequently rotated in the galleries. Highlights include the SOTA (Society of the Arts) Print Collection of nearly four hundred prints dating from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. The history of twentieth century American printmaking—and the legacy of renowned print workshop Atelier 17—is well-represented thanks to gifts from Paul K. Kania and the Peter Grippe Collection. Our collection of twentieth century and contemporary photography has grown exponentially in the last few years, with gifts from Jon and Nicky Ungar among others.


Elizabeth Catlett (American, 1915–2012), Sharecropper, 1952 (printed 1968–1970), color linocut. Purchase: SOTA Print Fund, 2009

 

Decorative Arts
The Allentown Art Museum’s collection of decorative arts and furniture ranges from eighteenth-century British silver to twentieth-century Tiffany glass to contemporary pottery. Americana and Arts and Crafts movement objects are highlights.


Tiffany Studios (New York, 1902–1938), Seven-Light Lily Lamp, ca. 1902, favrile glass and patinated bronze base. Purchase: Gift of Remo and Verna Canova and Christine I. Oaklander by Exchange, 2016

 

Asian Art
The Allentown Art Museum’s collection features about nineteen hundred works of Asian art, including more than fourteen hundred Japanese woodblock prints and four hundred fifty pieces of sculpture and decorative arts from India, China, Japan, Nepal, and Tibet. Gifts from the Jaipaul Family have been instrumental in building this collection.


Andō Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858), Numazu from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road, 1831–1834, woodblock print. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fowler Merle-Smith, 1991

 

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