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The University of Vermont's fine art museum is worth a visit.

 

 

The Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art on the University of Vermont campus not far from downtown Burlington VT, has a fine collection of 20,000 art, archeological and ethnographic objects giving visitors a broad view of what art has meant in the development of civilization.

The collection spans culture from early Mesopotamia to the contemporary USA and includes works from ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Its European works include those by Max Beckmann, Jean-Baptiste Corot, Honoré Daumier, Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, Francisco Goya, William Hogarth, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and Auguste Rodin. Strengths include 16th-and 17th-century Northern European paintings and prints, 18th-century British portraits, and a complete edition of the Napoleonic Description de l'Egypte.

A sampling of gems: a Kang Hsi vase, Wei terracotta, paintings by Hudson River School founder Thomas Cole, 17th-century Persian miniatures, early Roman glass, Coptic carvings, and a bona fide Egyptian mummy.

Special and changing exhibits further enrich the museum's offerings.

From the center of Burlington, go east on Pearl Street, which merges with Colchester Avenue, and look for the museum on the right-hand side (map).

Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art
University of Vermont
61 Colchester Avenue (map)
Burlington VT 05405
Tel 802-656-0750

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Portrait of Elizabeth, by John Michael Wright, Fleming Museum, Burlington VT

Portrait of Elizabeth, by John Michael Wright, Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington VT.

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