The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has a long history of supporting the Georgia Museum of Art that began in 1961, with the gift of 12 Italian Renaissance paintings. This collection has been the focus of study by university students and faculty and art historians from the United States and abroad. Artists with works in the collection include Pietro Lorenzetti, a 14th-century Sienese master, and Salvator Rosa, a 17th-century Neapolitan.
With the Kress Collection as an impetus and with continuing support from the Kress Foundation, the museum has presented many exhibitions of art from the Italian Renaissance and published related catalogues and scholarship, all the result of original research and cooperation with national and international scholars. The Kress Foundation provided major funding for the building of Phase I of the museum’s facility, and the Georgia Museum of Art is now regarded as one of the major centers of study of Italian Renaissance art in the country. The success of this partnership is the result of shared goals, which are to further the knowledge, appreciation and preservation of the art of the ancients and Old Masters.
In 2010 the Georgia Museum of Art initiated the Kress Project, an online exhibition that celebrates 50 years of friendship between the Kress Foundation and the museum.
For more information on the Kress Collection contact Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art.