Patrick Noon

Patrick Noon

Patrick and Aimee Butler Chair of Paintings
Paintings Department Head

Department: Paintings

Current MIA Projects
  • Researching several exhibition projects, including shows on the artists Richard Parkes Bonington and Eugène Delacroix
  • Project manager for a complete catalogue of the MIA’s collection of paintings
  • M.A., University of Michigan
  • B.A., Brown University
Background/Work History
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 1997; curatorial chair between 2004 and 2007
  • Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Rare Books at the Yale Center for British Art from 1977 to 1997
Specialty/Area of Interest

18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century French and British paintings, graphics, and portrait miniatures

Honors and Professional Associations
  • National Endowment for the Arts United States/France Exchange Fellow, 1986
  • Midwest Art Conservation Center, Board of Trustees, 1999-2005
  • Print Council of America, from 1978, Board of Directors, 1994-97
  • Lecturer, Yale University, 1981-97
  • Elected to the Rhode Island Alpha of Phi Beta Kappa in 1973
Selected Exhibitions and Projects

During a twenty—year tenure at Yale, Noon’s department organized 80 exhibitions, including retrospectives on J. M. W. Turner with the British Museum, William Blake with the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Richard Parkes Bonington with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux. “The English Miniature” (1981) was a collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. At the MIA, Noon has organized, with national and international partners, exhibitions on Holman Hunt, Edgar Degas, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Francis Bacon as well as the thematic exhibitions “American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States 1820-1880” with Tate Britain (2002), and “A Mirror of Nature: Nordic Landscape Painting 1840-1910” with the four National Galleries of Scandinavia (2007). Noon’s research resulted in “Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism” with Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2003).

  • “Oil and Water: Bonington, Délacroix and Originality,” in Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art, Jay A. Clarke, ed. (New Haven and Williamstown: The Stephen and Francine Clark Art Institute and Yale University Press, 2012).
  • Richard Parkes Bonington: The Complete Drawings (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011)
  • Richard Parkes Bonington: The Complete Paintings (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2008)
  • Alexander Roslin and the Comtesse D’Egmont Pignatelli (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2008)
  • Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism (London: Tate Publications, 2003)
  • Human Form Divine: William Blake from the Paul Mellon Collection (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997)
  • Richard Parkes Bonington: ‘On the Pleasure of Painting’ (New Haven and Paris: Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Press, and Association Paris-Musées, 1991)
  • The English Miniature (London: Yale University Press, 1981)
  • English Portrait Drawings and Miniatures (New Haven: Yale Center for British Art, 1979)
  • “Bonington, Delacroix, and Rubens,” Master Drawings (December 2009)
  • “New Discoveries: A Reduced Version of Ary Scheffer’s Christus Consolator,” Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide (Autumn 2009)
  • “Collecting Bonington,” in Richard Parkes Bonington, Young and Romantic (Nottingham: Castle Museum, 2002)
  • “A Princely Amateur: Paul Mellon and His Collection of British Drawings,” Master Drawings(Autumn 2000)
Other Information

Favorite work of art in the MIA: Rembrandt’s Lucretia
Favorite non-professional pastime: cycling


(612) 870-3111
(department phone)