The Dahesh Museum of Art

The Dahesh Museum of Art Chartered in 1987, the Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically-trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Museum's core collection originated with Dr. Dahesh (tr. "Inspiring Wonder"), the pen name of the late Salim Moussa Achi (1909–1984), an influential Lebanese writer, philosopher, and connoisseur, in whose honor the Museum is named. The Dahesh Museum of Art continues to organize exhibitions and loan major artworks to other museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. In response to COVID-19 we close

The Museum's core collection originated with Dr. Dahesh (tr. "Inspiring Wonder"), the pen name of the late Salim Moussa Achi (1909–1984), an influential Lebanese writer, philosopher, and connoisseur, in whose honor the Museum is named. The Dahesh Museum of Art continues to organize exhibitions and loan major artworks to other museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. In response to COVID-19 we close

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Alexandre Cabanel—who was born on this day in 1823—exhibited his large picture “The Death of Moses” at the 1852 Salon (a...
09/29/2021

Alexandre Cabanel—who was born on this day in 1823—exhibited his large picture “The Death of Moses” at the 1852 Salon (a year after he had sent it as his final work from the French Academy in Rome to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The reviews were mixed. Edmond and Jules Goncourt didn’t like the bold colors. But Theophile Gautier was impressed with Cabanel's elevated artwork "whose prototypes are Michelangelo and Raphael."

Alexandre Cabanel—who was born on this day in 1823—exhibited his large picture “The Death of Moses” at the 1852 Salon (a year after he had sent it as his final work from the French Academy in Rome to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The reviews were mixed. Edmond and Jules Goncourt didn’t like the bold colors. But Theophile Gautier was impressed with Cabanel's elevated artwork "whose prototypes are Michelangelo and Raphael."

Happening today and tomorrow!
09/24/2021

Happening today and tomorrow!

Happening today and tomorrow!

Happy First Day of Fall 🍂!“Harvester Drinking from a Flask, or The Thirst,” 1905 by Léon Augustin Lhermitte
09/22/2021

Happy First Day of Fall 🍂!

“Harvester Drinking from a Flask, or The Thirst,” 1905 by Léon Augustin Lhermitte

Happy First Day of Fall 🍂!

“Harvester Drinking from a Flask, or The Thirst,” 1905 by Léon Augustin Lhermitte

Happy World Peace Day” We are celebrating with Georges Jules Victor Clairin’s spectacular painting, "In Egypt, the Prosp...
09/21/2021

Happy World Peace Day” We are celebrating with Georges Jules Victor Clairin’s spectacular painting, "In Egypt, the Prosperous Town, Peace (En Égypte, la ville heureuse, la paix)," 1913.

Happy World Peace Day” We are celebrating with Georges Jules Victor Clairin’s spectacular painting, "In Egypt, the Prosperous Town, Peace (En Égypte, la ville heureuse, la paix)," 1913.

The 18th annual AHNCA/Dahesh Museum Annual Graduate Student Symposium will be held online next week! Join us on Saturday...
09/18/2021

The 18th annual AHNCA/Dahesh Museum Annual Graduate Student Symposium will be held online next week! Join us on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th from 1pm to 4pm EDT. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/ahncadahesh18

The 18th annual AHNCA/Dahesh Museum Annual Graduate Student Symposium will be held online next week! Join us on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th from 1pm to 4pm EDT. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/ahncadahesh18

Drawings in the 19th century were the foundation of both training and the making of art. This study of a wounded soldier...
09/10/2021

Drawings in the 19th century were the foundation of both training and the making of art. This study of a wounded soldier by Henri Gervex, born on this day in 1852, perfectly illustrates what Ingres said, “Drawing is not just reproducing contours, it is not just the line; drawing is also the expression, the inner form, the composition, the modelling."

Study for “Le blessé de guerre (The War Wounded)” by Henri Gervex

Drawings in the 19th century were the foundation of both training and the making of art. This study of a wounded soldier by Henri Gervex, born on this day in 1852, perfectly illustrates what Ingres said, “Drawing is not just reproducing contours, it is not just the line; drawing is also the expression, the inner form, the composition, the modelling."

Study for “Le blessé de guerre (The War Wounded)” by Henri Gervex

Happy International Day of Charity! Your support is essential and helps the Museum care and preserve its collection for ...
09/05/2021

Happy International Day of Charity! Your support is essential and helps the Museum care and preserve its collection for future generations. Please call us at 212-759-0606 to make a donation.

Rosa Bonheur, “Shepherdess and Two Cows in a Meadow,” ca. 1842–45

Happy International Day of Charity! Your support is essential and helps the Museum care and preserve its collection for future generations. Please call us at 212-759-0606 to make a donation.

Rosa Bonheur, “Shepherdess and Two Cows in a Meadow,” ca. 1842–45

August 28th is the shared birthday of Constant Troyon (1810-1865) and Adolphe Appian (1818-1898). Both artists were asso...
08/28/2021

August 28th is the shared birthday of Constant Troyon (1810-1865) and Adolphe Appian (1818-1898). Both artists were associated with the Barbizon School of painters in France, whose naturalistic depictions of the French countryside and its inhabitants prefigured Impressionism.

Constant Troyon, “Flock of Sheep Approaching, or The Return of the Flock” and Adolphe Appian, “Italianate Landscape with a River,” 1883

For National Dog Day, we’re spotlighting a scene with a furry friend from our collection! 🐕Gustav Baurenfeind, “Jaffa, R...
08/26/2021

For National Dog Day, we’re spotlighting a scene with a furry friend from our collection! 🐕

Gustav Baurenfeind, “Jaffa, Recruiting of Turkish Soldiers in Palestine,” 1888 (detail)

For National Dog Day, we’re spotlighting a scene with a furry friend from our collection! 🐕

Gustav Baurenfeind, “Jaffa, Recruiting of Turkish Soldiers in Palestine,” 1888 (detail)

Registration is open for the AHNCA/Dahesh Museum Annual Graduate Student Symposium! It will be held online on Saturday, ...
08/24/2021

Registration is open for the AHNCA/Dahesh Museum Annual Graduate Student Symposium! It will be held online on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th from 1pm to 4pm EDT. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/ahncadahesh18

Registration is open for the AHNCA/Dahesh Museum Annual Graduate Student Symposium! It will be held online on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th from 1pm to 4pm EDT. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/ahncadahesh18

For Be an Angel Day, we're sharing this vibrant and mystical work by the Czech  painter Franz Dvorak! Franz Dvorak, "The...
08/22/2021

For Be an Angel Day, we're sharing this vibrant and mystical work by the Czech painter Franz Dvorak!

Franz Dvorak, "The Angel of the Birds," 1910

For Be an Angel Day, we're sharing this vibrant and mystical work by the Czech painter Franz Dvorak!

Franz Dvorak, "The Angel of the Birds," 1910

Happy birthday to John Varely Jr., born on this day in 1850! Like many Victorian artists, John Varley Jr. sought to capt...
08/17/2021

Happy birthday to John Varely Jr., born on this day in 1850!

Like many Victorian artists, John Varley Jr. sought to capture the picturesque streets of Cairo untouched by urban progress and Europeanization. Bab al-Sha‛riya, a quarter located in eastern Cairo, is one such example, with its narrow street adorned with closely set buildings and shops.

John Varley Jr., "The School near Bab al-Sha‛riya, Cairo," 1880

Happy birthday to John Varely Jr., born on this day in 1850!

Like many Victorian artists, John Varley Jr. sought to capture the picturesque streets of Cairo untouched by urban progress and Europeanization. Bab al-Sha‛riya, a quarter located in eastern Cairo, is one such example, with its narrow street adorned with closely set buildings and shops.

John Varley Jr., "The School near Bab al-Sha‛riya, Cairo," 1880

We’re happy to announce the launch of Malec’s Art Adventures, an online video series for children and their families tha...
08/13/2021

We’re happy to announce the launch of Malec’s Art Adventures, an online video series for children and their families that tells the story of academic art. Watch the series introduction and the first episode:
http://www.daheshmuseum.org/about-malecs-art-adventures/#.YRFsji1h1N0

We’ll keep you posted on future episodes of the series!

We’re happy to announce the launch of Malec’s Art Adventures, an online video series for children and their families that tells the story of academic art. Watch the series introduction and the first episode:
http://www.daheshmuseum.org/about-malecs-art-adventures/#.YRFsji1h1N0

We’ll keep you posted on future episodes of the series!

Happy Book Lovers Day! Here at the Dahesh we’re celebrating the rich inspiration books has given artists, such as Frank ...
08/09/2021

Happy Book Lovers Day! Here at the Dahesh we’re celebrating the rich inspiration books has given artists, such as Frank Dicksee, who depicts a scene of one of the greatest love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet (ca. 1594-96) by William Shakespeare.

Frank Dicksee, “Romeo and Juliet,” ca. 1880s

Happy Book Lovers Day! Here at the Dahesh we’re celebrating the rich inspiration books has given artists, such as Frank Dicksee, who depicts a scene of one of the greatest love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet (ca. 1594-96) by William Shakespeare.

Frank Dicksee, “Romeo and Juliet,” ca. 1880s

Happening Today!
08/08/2021

Happening Today!

Happening Today!

The summer season by one of Britain’s 19th-century gifted still-life artists, Eloise Harriet Stannard. Happy August!Eloi...
08/05/2021

The summer season by one of Britain’s 19th-century gifted still-life artists, Eloise Harriet Stannard. Happy August!

Eloise Harriet Stannard, “The Four Seasons: Summer,” 1872

The summer season by one of Britain’s 19th-century gifted still-life artists, Eloise Harriet Stannard. Happy August!

Eloise Harriet Stannard, “The Four Seasons: Summer,” 1872

Born in Bavaria on this day in 1853, Ignaz-Marcel Gaugengigl immigrated to Boston in 1878, where he became one of the mo...
07/31/2021

Born in Bavaria on this day in 1853, Ignaz-Marcel Gaugengigl immigrated to Boston in 1878, where he became one of the most celebrated painters. He specialized in historical genre subjects, landscapes, and portraiture.

Ignaz-Marcel Gaugengigl, “The Painter,” ca. 1883

Born in Bavaria on this day in 1853, Ignaz-Marcel Gaugengigl immigrated to Boston in 1878, where he became one of the most celebrated painters. He specialized in historical genre subjects, landscapes, and portraiture.

Ignaz-Marcel Gaugengigl, “The Painter,” ca. 1883

Celebrating International Tiger Day with a work by French “master of the genre,” Georges-Frédéric Rötig.Georges-Frédéric...
07/29/2021

Celebrating International Tiger Day with a work by French “master of the genre,” Georges-Frédéric Rötig.

Georges-Frédéric Rötig, “Untitled (Tigers)”

Celebrating International Tiger Day with a work by French “master of the genre,” Georges-Frédéric Rötig.

Georges-Frédéric Rötig, “Untitled (Tigers)”

Jean-Achille Benouville, born on this day in 1815, won the Prix de Rome for historical landscape in 1845, an honor award...
07/15/2021

Jean-Achille Benouville, born on this day in 1815, won the Prix de Rome for historical landscape in 1845, an honor awarded every four years from the competition’s inception in 1817 until its suspension in 1863.

Jean-Achille Benouville, “Landscape with Animals,” 1842

Jean-Achille Benouville, born on this day in 1815, won the Prix de Rome for historical landscape in 1845, an honor awarded every four years from the competition’s inception in 1817 until its suspension in 1863.

Jean-Achille Benouville, “Landscape with Animals,” 1842

Happening Today!
07/14/2021

Happening Today!

Happening Today!

Happy birthday to Adolf Schreyer, born on this day in 1828! The German born artist was extremely popular with the German...
07/09/2021

Happy birthday to Adolf Schreyer, born on this day in 1828!

The German born artist was extremely popular with the German aristocracy, as well as with American millionaires, as the Astors, Rockefellers, and Morgans. After studying in the German academies, Schreyer became a war artist during the Crimean War (1854-57). After the War, he visited Egypt, Syria, and Algeria, learned Arabic, and immersed himself in Bedouin life.

Adolf Schreyer, “Arab Warriors on Horseback”

Happy birthday to Adolf Schreyer, born on this day in 1828!

The German born artist was extremely popular with the German aristocracy, as well as with American millionaires, as the Astors, Rockefellers, and Morgans. After studying in the German academies, Schreyer became a war artist during the Crimean War (1854-57). After the War, he visited Egypt, Syria, and Algeria, learned Arabic, and immersed himself in Bedouin life.

Adolf Schreyer, “Arab Warriors on Horseback”

Our next Virtual Salon will take place next Wednesday,  July 14th at 7pm EDT, featuring Nancy Karrels and Christine Olso...
07/07/2021

Our next Virtual Salon will take place next Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm EDT, featuring Nancy Karrels and Christine Olson, the joint recipients of the Mervart Zahid Cultural Foundation Prize for 2021. This event is free and open to the public. Please register: tinyurl.com/daheshredux

Our next Virtual Salon will take place next Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm EDT, featuring Nancy Karrels and Christine Olson, the joint recipients of the Mervart Zahid Cultural Foundation Prize for 2021. This event is free and open to the public. Please register: tinyurl.com/daheshredux

Wishing you all a terrific 4th of July weekend with this collection image by William Perkins Babcock. Best known for pea...
07/02/2021

Wishing you all a terrific 4th of July weekend with this collection image by William Perkins Babcock. Best known for peasant genre paintings, still lifes, and Classical and Biblical scenes, Babcock was born in Boston, but lived most of his life in France.

William Perkins Babcock, “Diane et deux amours,” 1860s–1870s

Wishing you all a terrific 4th of July weekend with this collection image by William Perkins Babcock. Best known for peasant genre paintings, still lifes, and Classical and Biblical scenes, Babcock was born in Boston, but lived most of his life in France.

William Perkins Babcock, “Diane et deux amours,” 1860s–1870s

Dr. Dahesh commissioned the French artist Georges-Frédéric Rötig (1873-1961) to paint a subject of lions waiting to atta...
06/26/2021

Dr. Dahesh commissioned the French artist Georges-Frédéric Rötig (1873-1961) to paint a subject of lions waiting to attack antelopes on a mountain. At first, Rötig declined saying he never saw such a scene, but Dr. Dahesh convinced him. And the artist painted “Lions on the Prowl” (“Lions Watching Antelopes”).

Dr. Dahesh commissioned the French artist Georges-Frédéric Rötig (1873-1961) to paint a subject of lions waiting to attack antelopes on a mountain. At first, Rötig declined saying he never saw such a scene, but Dr. Dahesh convinced him. And the artist painted “Lions on the Prowl” (“Lions Watching Antelopes”).

Happy Birthday to the French Orientalist painter Charles-Théodore Frère, who was born on this day in 1814. We celebrate ...
06/21/2021

Happy Birthday to the French Orientalist painter Charles-Théodore Frère, who was born on this day in 1814. We celebrate with “Café in Cairo,” one of the artist’s five paintings in the Dahesh collection. Frère visited Egypt many times from 1851 to 1869 and captured this

Happy Birthday to the French Orientalist painter Charles-Théodore Frère, who was born on this day in 1814. We celebrate with “Café in Cairo,” one of the artist’s five paintings in the Dahesh collection. Frère visited Egypt many times from 1851 to 1869 and captured this

Happy Father’s Day! We celebrate with a charming work by the Hermanus Koekkoek the Elder (1815–1882), a member of the on...
06/20/2021

Happy Father’s Day! We celebrate with a charming work by the Hermanus Koekkoek the Elder (1815–1882), a member of the one of the most famous Dutch artistic families of the 19th century. The youngest of four sons of Johannes Hermanus, he trained with his father, and followed his footsteps painting maritime scenes. He also trained his four sons who became successful artists, particularly Hermanus Junior and Willem.

Hermanus Koekkoek the Elder, “Sailing Vessels in an Estuary,” 1853

Happy Father’s Day! We celebrate with a charming work by the Hermanus Koekkoek the Elder (1815–1882), a member of the one of the most famous Dutch artistic families of the 19th century. The youngest of four sons of Johannes Hermanus, he trained with his father, and followed his footsteps painting maritime scenes. He also trained his four sons who became successful artists, particularly Hermanus Junior and Willem.

Hermanus Koekkoek the Elder, “Sailing Vessels in an Estuary,” 1853

Join us for our next Virtual Salon on Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm EDT, featuring Nancy Karrels and Christine Olson, the ...
06/17/2021

Join us for our next Virtual Salon on Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm EDT, featuring Nancy Karrels and Christine Olson, the joint recipients of the Mervart Zahid Cultural Foundation Prize for 2021. This event is free and open to the public. Please register: tinyurl.com/daheshredux

Join us for our next Virtual Salon on Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm EDT, featuring Nancy Karrels and Christine Olson, the joint recipients of the Mervart Zahid Cultural Foundation Prize for 2021. This event is free and open to the public. Please register: tinyurl.com/daheshredux

Happy birthday to Jean-Antoine-Jules Lecomte du Nouÿ, born on this day in 1842. One of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s favorite stude...
06/10/2021

Happy birthday to Jean-Antoine-Jules Lecomte du Nouÿ, born on this day in 1842.

One of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s favorite students, Lecomte du Nouÿ successfully exhibited his works almost every year at the Paris Salon from 1863 to 1923. Throughout his long career, he remained faithful to the principles of the academic tradition, even as modernists concepts began to prevail towards the end of the 19th century. He was a prolific portraitist, and derived his subjects from classical history, the Bible, and the Orient.

For an in-depth discussion of Lecomte du Nouÿ’s art and career, as well as a catalogue raisonné of all his known works, order online Roger Diederen’s “From Homer to the Harem: The Art of Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ” (New York, Dahesh Museum of Art, 2004): http://www.daheshmuseum.org/portfolio/from-homer-to-the-harem-the-art-of-jean-lecomte-du-nouy/#.XtZ72y1h2QI

Happy birthday to Jean-Antoine-Jules Lecomte du Nouÿ, born on this day in 1842.

One of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s favorite students, Lecomte du Nouÿ successfully exhibited his works almost every year at the Paris Salon from 1863 to 1923. Throughout his long career, he remained faithful to the principles of the academic tradition, even as modernists concepts began to prevail towards the end of the 19th century. He was a prolific portraitist, and derived his subjects from classical history, the Bible, and the Orient.

For an in-depth discussion of Lecomte du Nouÿ’s art and career, as well as a catalogue raisonné of all his known works, order online Roger Diederen’s “From Homer to the Harem: The Art of Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ” (New York, Dahesh Museum of Art, 2004): http://www.daheshmuseum.org/portfolio/from-homer-to-the-harem-the-art-of-jean-lecomte-du-nouy/#.XtZ72y1h2QI

Happy World Oceans Day! Take some time to reflect on how you can help protect our waters.Jacob Jacobs, “General View of ...
06/08/2021

Happy World Oceans Day! Take some time to reflect on how you can help protect our waters.

Jacob Jacobs, “General View of Constantinople,” 1842

Happy World Oceans Day! Take some time to reflect on how you can help protect our waters.

Jacob Jacobs, “General View of Constantinople,” 1842

Happy birthday to Dr. Dahesh, born this day in 1909! Dr. Dahesh, pen name of Salim Moussa Achi, was a passionate collect...
06/01/2021

Happy birthday to Dr. Dahesh, born this day in 1909! Dr. Dahesh, pen name of Salim Moussa Achi, was a passionate collector of academic art, writing “Great paintings are humanity’s heritage … worthy of immortality in a world where everything is ephemeral.” It is his collection that forms the core of the Dahesh Museum today.

Marie Hadad, “Portrait of Dr. Dahesh”

Happy birthday to Dr. Dahesh, born this day in 1909! Dr. Dahesh, pen name of Salim Moussa Achi, was a passionate collector of academic art, writing “Great paintings are humanity’s heritage … worthy of immortality in a world where everything is ephemeral.” It is his collection that forms the core of the Dahesh Museum today.

Marie Hadad, “Portrait of Dr. Dahesh”

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Chartered in 1987, the Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically-trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Museum's core collection originated with Dr. Dahesh (tr. "Inspiring Wonder"), the pen name of the late Salim Moussa Achi (1909–1984), an influential Lebanese writer, philosopher, and connoisseur, in whose honor the Museum is named. The Dahesh Museum of Art continues to organize exhibitions and loan major artworks to other museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Museum will be moving soon to its newly acquired home once its renovation has been completed. For now, the Dahesh Museum of Art Gift Shop functions as a brick and mortar site for public programs and information about Museum activities. It is also one of the finest museum gift shops in New York City. Please note: There are no art exhibitions on view at this location

Please note, the Dahesh Museum of Art has not authorized any person (individual or organization) to raise money on the museum's behalf through Facebook or any other social media platforms. For information about donating, please email us at [email protected] .

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