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About the European Collection

The European galleries showcase the strengths of the collection, including areas dedicated to 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting, 17th-century Italian baroque works, 19th-century French impressionism, 20th-century surrealism and the world’s largest collection of works by Henry Moore in a public institution.

Other European galleries feature installations that address themes such as identity, woman as muse and creator, and nuclear holocaust. In the European galleries these themes are explored alongside works from the Canadian, contemporary, photography and prints and drawings collections, and demonstrate historical and cultural resonances and consistencies. 

European Collection Facts

  • 44,000 - the square footage of the European galleries, which surround historic Walker Court
  • 700 - the number of works in the AGO’s European collection. Approximately 60 per cent is currently on display in the new galleries
  • 20 - the number of works in the European collection, including portraits by Rembrandt and Hals, which have been re-framed for historical accuracy


Research and installation of the European galleries are generously supported by:

  • Mary Montanari & Peter Marrone
  • In memory of Dr. Janice L. Huffman
  • J. P. Bickell Foundation
  • George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation

Henry Moore Sculpture Centre installation is generously supported by:

  • The Henry Moore Foundation

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