York Art Gallery’s collection of over 1,000 paintings is exceptional for its range in covering the history of Western European painting.
We have continental paintings from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Strengths include gold-ground panels from 14th century Italy, painted as part of church altarpieces, 17th century Dutch morality paintings, and 19th century French painting by artists working before and at the same time as the Impressionists.
Our British paintings, dating from Elizabethan times to the present day, include a particularly good collection of 17th and 18th century portraits, a group of Victorian narrative paintings, and early 20th century paintings by the artists of the Camden Town Group working around Walter Sickert.
The collection also includes works by York artist William Etty and York-born Victorian artist Albert Moore.
Please note: only a selection of paintings from our collection are on display at any one time. Others may be in storage, being conserved, or on display in another gallery elsewhere. Please check before visiting if you want to see a specific painting.
All our oil paintings are available to view online on the Art UK website here.
- York Museums Trust Granted Subject Specialist Networks Project Funding
- Free Entry to York Art Gallery with a National Lottery Ticket
- Nicolas Poussin’s The Triumph of Pan Travelling the UK in 2019
- Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet to Feature in New Exhibition at York Art Gallery
- Major Exhibition Marking 200th Birthday of Art and Social Critic John Ruskin to go on Display
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