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The collection of European paintings is comprised of works of art from the twelfth to the early twentieth centuries. It is especially renowned for its outstanding representation of Italian baroque painting and of Dutch painting from the Golden Age, but essentially covers all major styles and artistic movements in the history of European art, from medieval Gothic to Impressionism. The works come primarily from Italy, France, Spain, the Low Countries (Holland and modern Belgium), Germany, Austria, England, and Switzerland. They are painted, most often in oil, on such various supports as wood panels, canvases, copper plates, and even semi-precious stones.

Among the many masterpieces in LACMA’s European paintings collection are world-famous compositions, such as Georges de La Tour’s Magdalen with the Smoking Flame (c.1638–40), Rembrandt van Rijn’s Raising of Lazarus (c.1630), Edgar Degas’s The Bellelli Sisters (1862–64), and Paul Cézanne’s Sous-Bois (1894). The collection also boasts important paintings by Jacopo Bellini, Rosso Fiorentino, Veronese, Titian, Frans Hals, Peter-Paul Rubens, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Antoine Watteau, Hubert Robert, Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, Jacques-Louis David, Eugène Delacroix, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, and many others.

The collection of European paintings is found on the second floor of the Ahmanson Building.

Claudia Einecke, European Art Painting, Associate Curator, (2007)