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Speed Art Museum – Virtual Tour

Speed Art Museum - Virtual Tour

Speed Art Museum – Virtual Tour

The Speed Art Museum is the oldest and largest museum of art in Kentucky. Located next to the University of Louisville Belknap Campus, the museum houses ancient, classical, and modern art from around the world.

The traditional focus of the collection has been Western art, from antiquity to the present day. Paintings from the Netherlands, French and Italian works, and contemporary art are well represented.

The museum was built in 1927 in the Neo-Classical style, designed as with a Beaux-Arts limestone facade. The museum underwent an expansion and renovation project from 2012 to 2016, which tripled the gallery space.

The expansion created space for new contemporary art galleries, an education center, cinema, and a multi-functional pavilion for performances, lectures, and entertaining. The new park and piazza expanded the display are for sculpture.

Today, the Speed Art Museum collection includes African art, ancient art, Native American art, American art, European art, and contemporary art.

Speed Art Museum - Virtual Tour

“Interior of the Hagia Sophia” by John Singer Sargent, 1891 – Speed Art Museum

Highlights of the Speed Art Museum

  • John Singer Sargent, Interior of the Hagia Sophia, 1891
  • Claude Monet, The Church at Varengeville, Grey Weather, 1882
  • George Peter Alexander Healy, Portrait of Sallie Ward 1860
  • Julien Dupré, In the Pasture
  • Oakland House and Race Course by Robert Brammer and Augustus A. Von Smith,1840
  • The Child by Mary Cassatt, 1905
  • Portrait of Mary Daniel by Edward Franklin Fisk, 1938
  • Maritime Alps, Vence, No. 9 by Marsden Hartley, 1926

Speed Art Museum - Virtual Tour

Maritime Alps, Vence, No. 9 by Marsden Hartley, 1926 – Speed Art Museum

Speed Art Museum

  • Museum:       Speed Art Museum
  • Previously:     J.B. Speed Memorial Museum
  • City:               Louisville
  • State:             Kentucky
  • Country:        United States
  • Established:  1927
  • Type:             Art Museum
  • Location:       2035 S. 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky

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Speed Art Museum – 360 Virtual Views

Speed Art Museum – 360 Virtual Views

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“The person who works with their hands is a laborer.
The person who works with their hands and their head is a craftsperson.
The person who works with their hands and their head and their heart is an artist.”

– Saint Francis of Assisi

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Photo Credit: John Singer Sargent / Public domain; Marsden Hartley / Public domain; Sailko / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

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