Moving Beauty

Two East Indian Birds

Credit: Courtesy of the Fogg Art Museum “Two East Indian Birds” by Johannes Bronkhorst is part of a traveling exhibit from the Maida and George Abrams ’57 collection.

This year two exhibits of art collected by Harvard Law School alumni are on the move. “Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection” toured London and Paris and is on display at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum through July 6. George Abrams ’57 and his wife, Maida, gave the Fogg 110 drawings from their renowned collection in 1999. The current exhibit includes newly acquired work and is dedicated to Maida Abrams, who died last year.

Before the Abramses’ show arrived, 19th-century masterworks from the Fogg’s Winthrop collection were launched on their own museum tour-a debut. Bequeathed to the Fogg by Grenville Lindall Winthrop 1886-88, items from the voluminous collection had rarely left his two mansions during his lifetime and have never before been loaned by the museum. The exhibit, “A Private Passion,” includes work by William Blake, Edward Burne-Jones, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. It arrives at the National Gallery in London in June and then will be on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City beginning in October.