The Courtauld Institute of art is home to a rich variety of works collected from the Renaissance all the way to the 20th century. It is located in the Somerset house, an elegant building that became the home of the art works over the years. By strolling through the gallery, you will come across a large range of paintings, sculptures, prints, furniture, silver and ceramics and decorative arts.
Yet the hallmark of the gallery is its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. You will also find pictures and prints by the artists from earlier periods.
The esteemed collection was donated by Samuel Courtauld, one of the most enthusiastic collectors of Impressionist art. Courtauld was a descendant of a family of silversmiths who had fled from France, and after much effort on his behalf, the gallery was finally established in 1932. In this Institute, he presented his art collection.
Among the celebrated works that you will find at the Institute is the world-renowned self-portrait by Van Gogh featuring his cut ear, the Gilbert collection, rare pieces of silver and gold, and more.