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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

A Treasured History The story of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is rich with characters, collectors and curators. It began in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when the edge of Kansas City was still north of the current Museum. It began because a Kansas City newspaperman developed a hunger for refinement at about the same time that a widowed schoolteacher fell in love with the art museums of Europe. The large financial estates they left were intended to create two separate art museums, but trustees later combined their assets to fund what is today a world-renowned art museum, the Nelson-Atkins. It would take brilliant architects, art historians, curators and community leaders to turn the dreams of William Rockhill Nelson and Mary Atkins into reality. Much of the content in this section, A Treasured Past, comes from the book High Ideals and Aspirations: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 1933-1993, by Michael Churchman and Scott Erbes.

Atalanta and Meleager with the Calydonian Boar
Atalanta and Meleager with the Calydonian Boar
Persephone, 1938-1939
Persephone, 1938-1939
Nikkanochee, Prince of Econchatti
Nikkanochee, Prince of Econchatti
Hollywood, 1937-1938, Thomas Hart Benton
Hollywood, 1937-1938, Thomas Hart Benton
The Three Graces, 1535
The Three Graces, 1535
Castor or Pollus, Mid-2nd century C.E.
Castor or Pollus, Mid-2nd century C.E.
Paul, Marcella and Van Gogh (No. 2), ca. 1937
Paul, Marcella and Van Gogh (No. 2), ca. 1937
The Sun Treader (Portrait of Carl Ruggles), ca. 1934
The Sun Treader (Portrait of Carl Ruggles), ca. 1934
Teaching a Mustang Pony to Pack Dead Game
Teaching a Mustang Pony to Pack Dead Game
Two-Tiered Still Life with Fruit and Sunset Landscape, ca. 1867
Two-Tiered Still Life with Fruit and Sunset Landscape, ca. 1867
The Penitent Saint Jerome, ca. 1627-1630
The Penitent Saint Jerome, ca. 1627-1630
A Nobleman and His Wife, Egypt
A Nobleman and His Wife, Egypt
Grave Stele
Grave Stele
Jose Herrera, 1938
Jose Herrera, 1938
The Sacrifice of Isaac, ca. 1612-1613
The Sacrifice of Isaac, ca. 1612-1613
Isis suckling Horus, Osiris, Horus as a child
Isis suckling Horus, Osiris, Horus as a child