Lowe Art Museum

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Lowe Art Museum
Lowe Art Museum at UM
Lowe Art Museum is located in Florida
Lowe Art Museum
Location within Florida
Lowe Art Museum is located in Miami
Lowe Art Museum
Lowe Art Museum (Miami)
LocationUniversity of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Coordinates25°43′10″N 80°16′32″W / 25.719425°N 80.275657°W / 25.719425; -80.275657
TypeVisual arts museum [1]
DirectorJill Deupi [3]
CuratorJill Deupi [3]
Public transit accessMetrorail access via University Station

The Lowe Art Museum, in Coral Gables, a Miami suburb in Miami-Dade County, is a visual arts museum. It opened in 1950 and is operated by the University of Miami. It was originally established by a gift from philanthropists Joe[4] and Emily Lowe.[5] At the time it opened, it was the first art museum in South Florida. The museum has an extensive collection of art with permanent collections in Greco-Roman antiquities, Renaissance, Baroque, 17th- and 19th-century European art, 19th-century American Art, and modern art.[1] The museum's national and international works come from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Native America, Ancient Americas, and the Pacific Islands. It also has a large collection of glassworks including creations by Robert Arneson, Jun Kaneko ("Dango") and Christine Federighi ("Globe").[6] There are also glassworks by Pablo Picasso, William Morris, Emily Brock,[7] Harvey Littleton, Erwin Eisch, and Ginny Ruffner in the permanent collection.

The permanent collection includes works by: Lippo Vanni, Sano di Pietro, Lorenzo di Bicci, Lorenzo di Credi, Vincenzo Catena, Francesco Bacchiacca, Bernardino Fungai, Adrian Isenbrandt, Jacob Jordaens, Jusepe de Ribera, El Greco, Francisco Goya, Thomas Gainsborough, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Frank Stella, Knox Martin, and Duane Hanson. There are also Modern works of Art by Roy Lichtenstein, Sandy Skoglund, Purvis Young, Louise Nevelson, Julian Stanczak and Enrique Montenegro in the permanent collection.

The Lowe Art Museum is served by the Miami Metrorail at the University Station.


The Lowe Art Museum is one of the most important art museums in Miami, and one of the most important in the south of Florida (United States of America).

The museum is located within the University of Miami complex, located in Coral Gables, a city southwest of Downtown Miami in Miami-Dade County.

The museum's collections include pieces ranging from classical archeology to contemporary art, with important pieces of Renaissance and Baroque art and of Asian and Native American art.

41,000 visitors visited the Lowe Art Museum in 2011, 6,500 of which were students.

History and donations[edit]

The history of the museum starts in 1950 with the first big donation by Joe and Emily Lowe. The museum opened to the public in 1952.

In 1956 Alfred I. Barton donated the important nucleus of Native American art, and in 1954 the museum was designated the sole heir of Florida of a part of the famous collection of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, which brought to the museum a nucleus of 41 works of works of Baroque and Renaissance art, which have become, the most important nucleus of the museum.[8]

In 1984 Robert M. Bischoff donated 531 pieces of his collection of ancient American art.

In the span of more than twenty years, the collection of Asian art was created with the contributions of Stephen Junkunc III, resident of Chicago, who usually stayed in Miami in the winter.

The most recent donations to mention include the collections of glass and ceramics by collectors Myrna and Sheldon Palley, exhibited in the Palley Pavilion inside the museum starting from 2008, and the collections of South American devotional images (28 paintings on wood and metal) by the couple Joseph and Janet Shein exhibited in the museum for the first time in 2012.[9]

On loan, extended since 1988, are instead the paintings by the Cintas Foundation, which includes important works of Spanish art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by authors such as El Greco, Murillo, Goya and Ribera.[10]

Exhibition halls[edit]

The collection is divided into thematic rooms, dedicating a single room for each theme or artistic current in the collection. Currently it includes about 14 rooms, plus the Palley Pavilion, dedicated to the glass collection, and the outdoor garden of contemporary art sculptures.[11]


The Antiquities room, one of the smallest, is the first that the visitor encounters on his journey through the museum. Here there are exhibited vases, ceramics, metal objects, sculptures and marble bas-reliefs of the period and both Roman and Greek origins, dated between the first millennium BC and the 4th century A.D.

Renaissance and Baroque[edit]

The Renaissance room preserves the paintings that include the European works of the late sixteenth century and the Baroque period between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. There are views, religious works, portraits and engravings that include Italian, French and Flemish authors. Among the artists to remember Francesco Guardi, Tintoretto, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Jacob Jordaens

Early Renaissance[edit]

In the Early Renaissance room, there are tables and gold bases, above all of Italian origin, dated between the first half of the 14th century. and the fifteenth century Among the authors to be mentioned Lippo Vanni, Cozzarelli, Francesco da Rimini (also called Master of the Blessed Clare), Lorenzo di Credi, Antonio da Correggio (attr.), Sano di Pietro, Dosso Dossi and Andrea del Sarto.

17th — 20th Century American and European[edit]

In this room, European and American artists from the 17th and 20th century are grouped together. The large temporal and artistic space that the collection of the room proposes has suggested a thematic exhibition of the works, dividing them into five categories: Still-life (Still life), Landscape (Landscape art), Face & form (portraits), Abstraction (Abstract art) and Narrative (Narrative art). In comparison, works by internationally renowned artists are brought together in the hall, certainly to remember the Spaniards Goya, Murillo, Jusepe de Ribera and El Greco, the impressionists and post impressionists Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Paul Gauguin, the English Thomas Gainsborough to the contemporary Fernando Botero and the South American abstractionists José Bedia and Carlos Alfonzo.


This room offers an important collection of wooden masks and furnishings, ceramics, jewels and ceremonial objects dating from 500 AD in the first half of the XX century coming from all over Africa. There is also a polychrome wooden mask from Ancient Egypt.


Also in this case the room contains an important collection of works from all over Asia. There is a vast collection of Chinese ceramics, but the collection also includes sculptures, costumes, metal objects, jewels and wooden devices from Japan, Korea, India and South-East Asia.

Pacific Island[edit]

Exposed in the room are fabrics and ceremonial objects from the Pacific Ocean islands, especially from the islands of the Melanesia region, dated between the 19th and the 20th century.

Native American[edit]

Representing Native American populations are wicker objects, costumes, fabrics, sculptures and ceramics created by Native Americans, including some pieces in Spanish colonial style, created from 1492 to today. In particular, the collection focuses on pieces dated between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Ancient American[edit]

This room exhibits archaeological artefacts from the Mayan, Inca and Chimu populations from the two Americas, including architectural elements, jewels, metal and ceramic objects, created from 2500 BC until 1492 AD The ceramics Maya and a metallic disc decorated with embossing of the civilization Chimu, dated 900-1460 AD


The long hall dedicated to the contemporary art collection closes the museum itinerary. Focused on 20th century American art, it presents installations, paintings, photographs and sculptures. Among the noteworthy artists are certainly Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Duane Hanson, Deborah Butterfield, María Martínez-Cañas and Tatiana Parcero.

Palley Pavilion[edit]

Opened on 1 May 2008, the pavilion houses the vast collection of glass and artistic ceramics. Most of the collection was donated by Myrna and Sheldon Palley,[12] but has since expanded from other generous donations. The construction of the pavilion, of about 4000 square feet, was also funded by the Palley couple Myrna and Sheldon, with a donation of $1.7 million.[13]

Focus Gallery[edit]

Two rooms inside the museum, one at the beginning of the path and one in the middle of the museum itinerary, are aimed at temporarily displaying the museum's works preserved in the warehouses or to give visibility to the new donations.

Special Exhibitions[edit]

Two large rooms, at the end of the museum itinerary, are instead dedicated to the temporary exhibitions that the museum organizes annually.


Renaissance and Baroque[edit]

Francesco da Rimini (also called Master of the Blessed Clare)

Francesco Guardi (attr.)

  • View of the church of Santa Maria della Salute 'ca. 1750

Jacopo Robusti known as Tintoretto

  • Portrait of a young man second half of the 16th century ca.

Vincenzo Catena

  • Portrait of Giambattista Memmo 1510 ca.
Vincenzo Catena Portrait of Giambattista Memmo 1510 c.a

Lucas Cranach the Elder

  • Portrait of a scholar 1515 ca.

Lippo Vanni

  • Madonna and Child Enthroned with Donors and Saints Dominic and Elizabeth of Hungary ca. 1343

Jacob Jordaens

  • The oath of Paris 1620-1625 ca.

Adriaen Isenbrandt

  • Madonna with child and member of the Hillensberger family 1513

Giuseppe Maria Crespi

  • Lady with dog 1690-1700 ca.

Lorenzo di Credi

  • Madonna and Child 1500 ca.

Andrea del Sarto

  • Madonna with child and San Giovannino 1429 ca.

Antonio da Correggio (attr.)

Ambrogio Bergognone

  • Madonna and Child 1520 ca.
Jacob Jordaens The Judgment of Paris 1620–25 ca.

17th - 20th Century American and European[edit]

Jusepe de Ribera

  • Sant' Onofrio1642 ca.
  • St. Peter [10]

Dominikos Theotokopoulos known as El Greco

  • Christ Carrying the Cross [10]
  • Feast in the House of Simon [10]

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

  • Portrait of a Gentleman [10]

Thomas Gainsborough

  • Portrait of Mrs. Collins 1770-1775 ca.

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

  • Jose Antonio, Marques de Caballero 1807 [10]

Paul Gauguin

  • Le Chaland et la barque 1882

Claude Monet

Albert Bierstadt

  • Yosemite Valley, California approx. 1863

André Masson

  • Mistral
Paul Gauguin Le Chaland et la barque 1882

Fernando Botero

  • Las Frutas 1964

Carlos Alfonzo

  • Lifetime [Curso de la Vida] 1988

José Bedia

  • Nkunia, Gajo or Rama 1995


Roy Lichtenstein

  • Modular Painting in Four Panels V 1969

Frank Stella

  • Le Neveu de Rameau 1974

Duane Hanson

  • Football Player 1981

Deborah Butterfield

  • Rex 1991

Tatiana Parcero

  • Interior Cartography # 43 1996

Sandy Skoglund

  • Breathing Glass, Installation, 2000


  1. ^ a b Lowe Art Museum: About, ARTINFO, 2008, retrieved 2008-07-28
  2. ^ 60 years of the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables Miami Herald
  3. ^ a b Lowe Art Museum contact
  4. ^ About Joe Lowe Company of New York business see Jefferson M. Moak The Frozen Sucker War: Good Humor v. Popsicle Prologue Magazine 2005, Vol. 37, No. 1
  5. ^ Emily Lowe Obituary.
  6. ^ Christine Federighi
  7. ^ Emily Brock
  8. ^ The Kress Foundation
  9. ^ Lowe Art Museum - history
  10. ^ a b c d e f The Cintas Foundation
  11. ^ Lowe Art Museum - collection
  12. ^ Gail Meadows COLLECTING COUPLE LIVES EASILY IN A HOUSE FULL OF GLASS December 31, 2000 Chicago Tribune
  13. ^ Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts

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