Collection

    The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University owns more than 10,000 works of art. As part of its mission, the Nasher Museum created this online database to make its collections accessible to a wide audience. This is an ongoing project, so please check back periodically to browse new entries.

    The Nasher Museum's permanent collection is strong in four core areas:

    • Medieval art
    • Art of the Americas (largely pre-Columbian)
    • Classical Antiquities
    • Modern and international contemporary art, with a concentration in art from the African diaspora

    Other collections include:

    • Traditional African art
    • European and American Art pre 1945
    • Asian art
    • Russian art

    The Nasher Museum was founded in 1969 as the Duke University Museum of Art with the acquisition of 200 medieval works from the Ernest Brummer Collection. In 2005, the museum opened a new 65,000-square-foot facility designed by Rafael Viñoly and was renamed the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, in honor of the late Raymond D. Nasher, Duke alumnus, collector and benefactor.

    The Nasher Museum holds one of the best collections of medieval art among North American university museums. It is also one of the few institutions to focus on significant purchases of works by contemporary artists of African descent, which capitalizes on curatorial and faculty expertise.

    In the galleries, rotating installations from our permanent collection feature selections of contemporary art, Outsider art, classical antiquities, European medieval art, European and American paintings, African art and ancient American (Pre-Columbian) art. Visit our current exhibitions pages to find out what is on view.

    Funding for the Nasher Museum's eMuseum project has been provided by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.