Lamentation with Saint John the Baptist and Saint Catherine of AlexandriaAdopted!

The CrucifixionAdopted!

Landscape with Peasants$3,265.00

Coastal Landscape with Granite Cliffs$1,490.00

Frame for Viviano Codazzi's View in the Roman Forum$5,960.00

The Denial of St. PeterAdopted!

A Battle SceneAdopted!

Turbaned Female Figure with a BowlAdopted!

Still Life$4,400.00

Portrait of Anna Blocken $2,555.00

The Magdalen in a Cave$5,820.00

Portrait of Lady Lucy PercyAdopted!


Frame for Allegorical Still Life with Bernini's Bust of Francis I d'Este$8,230.00

Madonna of the MartyrsAdopted!

Portrait of Ursule-Anne Dubuisson$4,220.00

Portrait of a Carthusian Monk$5,590.00

Frame for The Prodigal Son$9,365.00

Latona Turning the Lycian Peasants into Frogs$1, 420.00

The Bath of DianaAdopted!

Frame for The Annunciation$3,830.00

Castle on the Rhône River, FranceAdopted!

Frame for Portrait of Dorothy Beridge, nèe Gladwin (d. 1792)$8,940.00

Portrait of Henry Lambert (1738-1813)$6,600.00

Frame for The Union of Love and Friendship$9,860.00

Portrait of Commander Lewis Warrington (1782-1851)Adopted!

Portrait of Moses Kimball, Jr. (b. 1778)Adopted!

Frame for Portrait of Captain Samuel Chester Reid (1783-1861)$7,665.00

Nordic Landscape with a CastleAdopted!

Unfinished Portrait of Henry J. Brent, 1811-1850$2,980.00

View of Fort SnellingAdopted!

View of West PointAdopted!

Landscape with Cattle and SheepAdopted!

Frame for A Fishing Party Off Long IslandAdopted!

Eliezer of Damascus$2,555.00

Still Life with FruitAdopted!

Still Life with Fruit$2,840.00

Little CrowAdopted!

View of Mont Blanc, Seen from La FaucilleAdopted!

The ReaderAdopted!

After the ReceptionAdopted!

Portrait of John Scott BradstreetAdopted!

View of a Stream$1,630.00

Children in a Wood$2,765.00

View of the Hudson from Horton's Road near Croton$3,550.00

Winter LandscapeAdopted!

Fields of Flowers in Bloom, near CaenAdopted!


Bronco Buster $3,050.00


Illustration for Canto XI of the 'Rubáiyaát of Omar Khayyám'Adopted!

Portrait of Paris von Gütersloh (1887-1973)Adopted!

Seated HarlequinAdopted!

Self PortraitAdopted!

Still Life with Bananas and Calla LiliesAdopted!

Source of the Mississippi$3,120.00

Saint Croix Rapids, at Taylors Falls, WisconsinAdopted!

The Living Room$4,400.00

Three Standing Forms in a GardenAdopted!

Berdie in the GardenAdopted!

One Less$3,805.00

About the Adopt-a-Painting Program

We are very excited to share an initiative that the Department of Paintings is undertaking. As curators, part of our role is to present artworks to the public in the best possible manner. The restoration and conservation of the paintings and frames in our collection is an ever-present concern. In a recent assessment of the paintings collection, we have identified a number of artworks that require assistance. We’ve developed the “Adopt-A-Painting” program as a way for our supporters to participate in the process of restoration.

On this site, you’ll find the candidates up for “adoption”. By happy accident, we have representatives for nearly every taste – from Northern Renaissance to Folk Art.

As part of the adoption process, you’ll receive the following:

  • A short dossier on the work you have chosen.
  • A visit to the conservation lab to see the work being treated, and an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the restoration process.
  • A color photo of the sponsor with the adopted object installed in the gallery.
  • A credit line on the gallery label giving recognition to the adoptive sponsor, good for five years.

As a valued supporter of our curatorial department and the MIA, we thank you in advance for your consideration.

Thank you for your commitment to this museum!
Patrick and Nicole


Midwest Art Conservation Center
Chief Conservator David Marquis

Before restoration:


Following restoration:


Little Crow
Henry H. Cross (United States, North America), 1863
Oil on canvas
The Julia B. Bigelow Fund

How do I adopt a painting?

This is a very easy process! Once you have chosen which painting you would like to adopt, the hard part is over!

You don’t have to adopt a work all on your own, either! You and friends, family, or other interested parties, can jointly adopt a work. Just let us know!

Here is the step-by-step process of the Adopt-a-Painting Program:

  1. Choose the painting or frame (or both!) that you would like to adopt.
  2. Contact Nicole (; 612-870-3111) and tell her which work you’ve chosen.
  3. Decide whether you would like to be credited - Anonymous? Your name(s)? In honor of someone?
  4. We will then send you a dossier packet on your selected work. This includes the condition report and treatment proposal, color prints of the work in its current "before" state, and relevant background information on the object.
  5. At some point during the treatment, we’ll invite you to the conservation lab for a meeting with the conservator and the curator.
  6. When the work is complete, you will be sent an invoice along with the treatment report and an offer for a photo shoot, if you'd like, with the painting when it returns to the galleries.
  7. Send your payment for the treatment to Nicole and we’ll send you photographs of your cleaned, adopted painting, along with a formal acknowledgment of your tax-deductible contribution.

That’s it! Pretty painless!

If you have questions, please call the department and we’ll be happy to help.


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