The Norton’s collection includes more than 400 paintings by more than 100 artists, from Renaissance Masters to modernists and contemporary neo-realists, as well as hundreds of sculptures, from miniatures and maquettes to life-size pieces in media including bronze, silver, marble, and wood. Notable are six 16th century tapestries from a royal palace in France. Decorative arts include works in porcelain, pressed and blown glass, and 18th- and 19th-century silver.
European holdings range from the golden age of Dutch landscape painting, with works by Jacob van Ruisdael and Hobbema, to 19th-century artists like Cassatt and Rodin. The American Collection covers the colonial period to the present and includes fine examples of the Hudson River School and “Western” icons Remington and Russell.
A Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection holds 10,000 books, among which John James Audubon's very rare double elephant folio of The Birds of America stands out.
Massive changes triggered by war efforts laid the groundwork for a new way of life