Harvard museum gets gift of $45M, 3 Picassos, other valuable art

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – The Harvard Art Museum has received a gift of $45 million and 31 major works of art, including three paintings by Picasso.

Harvard University on Friday announced the gift from Class of 1936 alumna Emily Rauh Pulitzer, a former curator at the museum and wife of the late newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer Jr.

The financial gift is the largest in the history of the museum.

The donated artwork includes Picasso’s paintings, Harlequin, Landscape and Portrait of Dora Maar; the Joan Miró painting Woman in the Night; and a Roy Lichtenstein sculpture, Sleeping Muse.

The gifts coincide with the start of a museum initiative that includes an extensive renovation and efforts to better integrate the collections and programs into university life.

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