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Art Museum

The Art Museum features British, European, American, and Asian art spanning more than 500 years and includes more than 45,000 objects.

Extraordinary examples of decorative arts and folk art, paintings, prints and drawings, photography, and sculpture are displayed in the Huntington Art Gallery, the original home of Henry and Arabella Huntington, and in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Both buildings also showcase smaller, temporary exhibitions that focus on masterworks in the collection or place The Huntington’s historic works in conversation with contemporary artistic practice.

  • British and European Art

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    The Huntington's British and European art collection encompasses a broad range of styles, cultures and media, from antiquity to the twentieth century featuring one of the most significant collections of British art outside the United Kingdom.

  • American Art

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    The Huntington is home to thirty-one galleries of American art, ranging from the early colonial period to the present and representing painting, sculpture, photography, film, decorative arts, architecture, and textiles.

  • Asian Art

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    The Asian art collections at the Huntington are heterogenous, ranging from small collections of Chinese export wares to rare Chinese books and paintings, and Japanese ceramics.

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Explore the Art Collections

Find information on tens of thousands of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and other works of art at The Huntington.

YOU ARE HERE: A Multilingual Map of the Greater Los Angeles Area

Sandy Rodriguez’s YOU ARE HERE / Tovaangar / El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula / Los Angeles (2021) is a multilingual map of the greater Los Angeles area, representing the topography, language, flora, fauna, and land stewardship in the region over time and illustrating the movement and histories of peoples who have called—and continue to call—the area home. This work is part of “Borderlands,” a permanent collections installation that explores a more expansive view of American art history.

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The Blue Boy Returns

One of the most iconic artworks in British and American history, The Blue Boy, made around 1770 by English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), underwent its first major technical examination and conservation treatment in public view, in a special satellite conservation studio set up in the west end of the Thornton Portrait Gallery in the Huntington Art Gallery. "Project Blue Boy" offered visitors a glimpse into the technical processes of a senior conservator working on the famous painting as well as background on its history, mysteries, and artistic virtues.

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Support the Art Collections

Founded in 1994, the Art Collectors' Council meets every spring to select works for acquisition presented by The Huntington's curatorial staff. In November, 2021, The Huntington acquired more than 50 important works of art by a wide range of artists contributing to a more expansive story of American art, adding hemispheric and global perspectives and diversity to the collection.

Art Exhibition Catalogs

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Nineteen Nineteen

First prize, Museum Publication Design Competition, American Alliance of Museums

Nineteen Nineteen includes 275 objects from The Huntington’s collections representing a pivotal year in the world's history and the institution's centennial

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Kehinde Wiley: A Portrait of a Young Gentleman

Richly illustrated with portraits by Kehinde Wiley and by 18th-century masters such as Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, and Thomas Hudson, this book offers insight into the evolving history of portraiture and the representation of power.

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Excursions of Imagination

This generously illustrated volume features landscape and figurative subjects by the acknowledged masters of the medium—J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Girtin, John Constable, and Henry Fuseli—as well as artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement and such modernists as David Bomberg and Paul Nash.

Exhibition Catalogue for "Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts"

Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts

Exploring Walt Disney’s fascination with European art, this publication features 40 works of eighteenth-century European design—from tapestries and furniture to Boulle clocks and Sèvres porcelain alongside 150 film stills, drawings, and other works on paper from the Walt Disney Animation Studio Library and archives.

Book cover for Becoming America: Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection of Folk Art.

Becoming America: Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection of Folk Art

Becoming America offers a multifaceted view of one of the foremost collections of 18th- and 19th-century American folk and decorative art from the rural Northeast. Essays by leading specialists discuss the culture of furniture workshops, exuberant painted decoration, techniques of sewing and quilting, and poignant stories about the families depicted in the portraits.