Berger Collection

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The Berger Collection is a major private collection largely of British art, with a small but significant group of works by artists of other schools, including the French artist François Boucher and the American Winslow Homer. Begun in 1996 by the late William M. B. Berger and his wife Bernadette Johnson Berger, the collection is now owned by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and housed at the Denver Art Museum, where a selection of artworks is on display on a rotating basis.The British paintings, drawings, and art objects number approximately two hundred works and span more than six centuries - from a rare medieval painting of the Crucifixion dated about 1395 to a rural Colorado landscape drawn by the young contemporary artist Ewan Gibbs in 2009. A particular strength among the British artworks are Renaissance portraits, including the earliest surviving portrait of Henry VIII as king and a portrait of Henry's son Edward VI by Hans Holbein the Younger. The important artists of the British school are well represented: Nicholas Hilliard, Sir Peter Lely, Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, Angelica Kauffman, Benjamin West, John Constable, David Roberts, Edward Lear, Sir Alfred J. Munnings, Sir Howard Hodgkin, and David Hockney.