Seattle Art Museum

Chinese roof tile, Ming period (1368-1644). Image and original data provided by the Seattle Art Museum.

Artstor and the Seattle Art Museum are sharing more than 3,600 images of highlights from the museum's permanent collection.

The collection offers superb representations of non-Western art, as well as selections of major works from the permanent collection of nearly 25,000 objects from a wide range of cultures and time periods. The museum is renowned for its collection of Asian art, including holdings from Japan, China, Korea, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia; as well as its holdings in African, American, European, modern and contemporary, Native and Meso-American, and Oceanic and Aboriginal art. In addition, the museum received several outstanding European paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, which were donated in 1961. The Seattle Art Museum has contributed images of its Kress paintings to the Samuel H. Kress Collection in the Digital Library.

The Seattle Art Museum was founded in 1933. In 1991, the museum opened a new facility designed by Robert Venturi in downtown Seattle. The original museum building in Volunteer Park was reopened as the Seattle Asian Art Museum in 1994 and a third venue, the Olympic Sculpture Park, opened in 2007. That same year, the museum completed a major expansion of its downtown location to accommodate its growing collections and exhibition and outreach programs.