Lyman Allyn Art Museum Presents Exhibition of Rarely Seen European Paintings from its Collection

Brought to Light: European Paintings from the Collection showcases the Lyman Allyn’s collection of European paintings with a selection of portraits, history paintings, still lifes, genre scenes, and landscapes from the early Renaissance through the 1800s. European paintings have been part of the collection since the Lyman Allyn opened in 1932, but the museum’s more recent emphasis on American art has kept its European paintings hidden away in storage. Brought to Light reexamines the museum’s European paintings, sharing key pieces and their rich stories with the public. The exhibition will be on view from July 12, 2019 through the summer of 2020.

The Lyman Allyn’s European collection is eclectic, the result of art acquired over decades through individual gifts and purchases. This installation, which occupies three adjacent galleries and the corridor on the second floor of the museum, results from consultations with subject specialists and recent research, with the goal of better understanding the collection and advancing scholarship.
Organized by subject matter, Brought to Light presents a range of styles and topics by British, Dutch, Flemish, French, Italian, Spanish, and other European artists, suggesting both commonalities and differences in how painters in various eras and places approached their material, portraying people, places, and stories with enduring appeal.

The opening reception will be on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Museum members are free and non-members are $10. Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext.2129.

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Tours of the exhibition are available for groups. To schedule tours, call the Education Department at 860.443.2545 ext. 2110 or e-mail

For more information or images, please contact Rebecca Dawson at 860.443.2545 ext.2112 or at

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors from New London, southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 12 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 17,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses. The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 2129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at:

Image: James John Hill, The Fisherman’s Daughter, oil on canvas, ca. 1855-1860. Gift of Miss Evelyn Page, 1958.64.

Image:Unknown artist, Still Life with Cherries, oil on canvas, early 1600s. Gift of Mr. Nathan Joseph Leigh, 1958.105.