Treasures of British Art presents a selection of paintings from the acclaimed traveling exhibition, providing a panoramic view of British cultural history seen through its art. Featured are examples by the pre-eminent artists of the British School: Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Angelica Kauffman, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent, and Adam Birtwistle.
William M. B. Berger and his wife Bernadette Johnson Berger, founders of the collection that bears their name, began acquiring works of art by British artists in the mid-1990s. In a few short years they had assembled a collection of several hundred objects that spanned six centuries, from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. They were passionate about art’s potential to educate, and saw the collection as a resource for adults and children alike. Since 1998, most of The Berger Collection has been on long-term loan to the DAM, where a selection of works is on rotating view in a gallery dedicated to the collection on level 6 of the North Building
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether you go or not, the companion exhibition guide, Treasures of British Arts 1400-2000 ( The Berger Collection), presents a view of British cultural history through its art, exploring this collection of several hundred objects spanning six centuries, from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century.