With works from the Middle Ages and early modern period, the Trees gallery includes an array of European paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints, and architectural elements. The gallery encompasses objects made for both secular and sacred contexts. Strengths include medieval devotional art and Old Master paintings, especially from the Lowlands (Flanders and the Dutch Republic).
The gallery is named for Merle J. and Emily N. Trees, who gave an important collection of paintings to the museum including works by Francois Clouet, Frans Hals, David Teniers II, Pieter de Hooch, John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, and Camille Pissarro.
Written by Maureen Warren, Curator of European and American Art, 2017
Collection of benefactors, Merle J. and Emily N. Trees, who gifted their remarkable collection of Old Master paintings to the University of Illinois beginning in the 1930s.