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Beloved by the public and museum founder Arthur I. Appleton, the European collection spans the 17th through 19th centuries and includes painting, sculpture and decorative arts from France, Italy, the Netherlands,  Russia, Great Britain and Germany. Artistic movements such as Romanticism, Post-Romanticism, Realism, Orientalism and the pre-Raphaelites are represented. Acclaimed artists in the collection include Auguste Rodin, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Jean-Léon Gérôme and Jules Breton.

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