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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.

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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
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Two-Tiered Still Life with Fruit and Sunset Landscape, ca. 1867
t4%2f06%2f296006%2f4%2f143248979.YcaH6JTJ.jpg The Penitent Saint Jerome, ca. 1627-1630
The Penitent Saint Jerome, ca. 1627-1630
t4%2f06%2f296006%2f4%2f143245257.ipCD7CX7.jpg A Nobleman and His Wife, Egypt
A Nobleman and His Wife, Egypt
The Last Judgement
The Last Judgement
Grave Stele
Grave Stele
Jose Herrera, 1938
Jose Herrera, 1938
The Sacrifice of Isaac, ca. 1612-1613
The Sacrifice of Isaac, ca. 1612-1613
Christ Carrying the Cross, ca. 1562-65
Christ Carrying the Cross, ca. 1562-65
Figure of Bodhisattva Guanyin
Figure of Bodhisattva Guanyin
Hunter of the Pleasured Souls and Sacred Spirits, 1982
Hunter of the Pleasured Souls and Sacred Spirits, 1982
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Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, 1550/1555
Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, 1550/1555
Ying Bojue in Pursuit of Pleasure and Celebration
Ying Bojue in Pursuit of Pleasure and Celebration
Luohan
Luohan
A Lazy Fisherman, 1844, John Gadsby Chapman
"A Lazy Fisherman", 1844, John Gadsby Chapman
Etruscan Statuette, From Apiro, Italy 460-450 B.C.E
Etruscan Statuette, From Apiro, Italy 460-450 B.C.E
t4%2f06%2f296006%2f4%2f143254361.lTA0thYF.jpg Kosha Appreciating Anything 1997
Kosha Appreciating Anything 1997
Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Bapist, ca. 1510
Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Bapist, ca. 1510
Lion
Lion
George and Emma Eastman 1850
George and Emma Eastman 1850
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Chinese
Chinese
t4%2f06%2f296006%2f4%2f143245885.prQHn3JY.jpg Yellow Ox, Chinese, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 C.E.)
Yellow Ox, Chinese, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 C.E.)
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t4%2f06%2f296006%2f4%2f143249241.rUoPgzxt.jpg Isis suckling Horus, Osiris, Horus as a child
Isis suckling Horus, Osiris, Horus as a child
t4%2f06%2f296006%2f4%2f143249790.BgM2cKpO.jpg Mother and Child, ca. 1917-1920
Mother and Child, ca. 1917-1920
Women in Morocccan Palace, Marrakech
Women in Morocccan Palace, Marrakech
Portrait of the Artist's Sister (Mildred), 1913
Portrait of the Artist's Sister (Mildred), 1913
Birthday Bouquet, 1932
Birthday Bouquet, 1932
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t4%2f06%2f296006%2f4%2f143248921.6rPogYk7.jpg Figure, 1905
Figure, 1905
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The Turkish Page, 1876
The Turkish Page, 1876
Mexican Girl with Oriental Scarf, ca. 1916-22
Mexican Girl with Oriental Scarf, ca. 1916-22
Open Country, 1952
Open Country, 1952
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View of the  Piazza del Popolo, Rome, 1741
View of the Piazza del Popolo, Rome, 1741
Masks
Masks
t4%2f06%2f296006%2f4%2f143249894.joAbHoyw.jpg Architectural Relief & Roman Sarcophagus
Architectural Relief & Roman Sarcophagus
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