Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum is recognized today as one of the five best college and university art museums in the United States.
The collection is housed in an impressive Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert and named after Dr. Dudley Peter Allen, a distinguished 1875 graduate of Oberlin College. Dr. Allen and his wife Elisabeth Severance Allen (later Prentiss) were the principal benefactors of the new museum.
Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577)
This statue depicts the historical Buddha Sakyamuni standing placidly with his hands held out in a gesture of compassion and reassurance. A sacred object of veneration originally, it was intended to attract worshippers to the temple in which it stood.
Equestrian Statue of Queen Victoria, 1853
Book of Hours, ca. 1450-1480
Medieval books of hours brought together psalms, prayers, and other sacred texts for private devotional use by Catholics. The presence of several English saints in this Flemish volume, such as Edward of England, Oswald of York, and Edith of Wilton, suggests it was produced for an English market.
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Statue of Guanyin Seated on a Mythological Beast