Fogg Museum

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Fogg Art Museum
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Fogg Museum is located in Massachusetts
Fogg Museum
Fogg Museum is located in USA
Fogg Museum
Location 26-32 Shiraz St., Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′27″N 71°6′53″W / 42.37417°N 71.11472°W / 42.37417; -71.11472Coordinates: 42°22′27″N 71°6′53″W / 42.37417°N 71.11472°W / 42.37417; -71.11472
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1925 (1925)
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP Reference # 86001282[1]
Added to NRHP May 19, 1986

The Fogg Museum, opened to the public in 1896, is the oldest of Harvard University's art museums. The Fogg joins the Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum as part of the Harvard Art Museums.


Fogg Museum of Art

The museum was originally housed in an Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Richard Morris Hunt. In 1925, the building was replaced by a Georgian Revival-style structure on Quincy Street, designed by Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch, and Abbott. (The original Hunt Hall remained, underutilized until it was demolished in 1974 to make way for new freshman dormitories.[2])

In 2008, the 32 Quincy Street building that formerly housed the Fogg Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum closed for a major renovation project to create a new museum building designed by architect Renzo Piano that would house all three museums in one facility. During the renovation, selected works from all three museums were on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. The new expanded facility was opened in 2014, and renamed the Harvard Art Museums.


The Fogg Museum is renowned for its holdings of Western paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings from the Middle Ages to the present. Particular strengths include Italian Renaissance, British Pre-Raphaelite, and French art of the 19th century, as well as 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and drawings.

The museum's Maurice Wertheim Collection is a notable group of impressionist and post-impressionist works that contains many famous masterpieces, including paintings and sculptures by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. Central to the Fogg's holdings is the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, with more than 4,000 works of art. Bequeathed to Harvard in 1943, the collection continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the legacy of the Harvard Art Museums, serving as a foundation for teaching, research, and professional training programs. It includes important 19th-century paintings, sculpture, and drawings by William Blake, Edward Burne-Jones, Jacques-Louis David, Honoré Daumier, Winslow Homer, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, John Singer Sargent, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.


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  1. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Harvard News Office (2002-04-04). "Harvard Gazette: Color, form, action and teaching". Retrieved 2013-07-18. The first Fogg Museum, known as Hunt Hall, was built in 1893 and demolished in 1974 to make way for Canaday. The "new" Fogg was built in 1925 where the home of Harvard naturalist Louis Agassiz once stood — the original Agassiz neighborhood. The building is named for William Hayes Fogg, a Maine merchant who was born in 1817, left school at 14, and grew rich in the China trade. After he died in 1884, his widow, Elizabeth, left $200,000 and the couple's Asian art collection to Harvard. 

External links[edit]

  • Archaeological Exploration of Sardis website
  • Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art website
  • Harvard Art Museums website
  • Harvard Art Museums Archives website
  • Harvard Art Museums Collection Search website
  • Harvard University website
  • The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies website