Collector Jane Batten Donates Nine American Masterpieces to the Chrysler Museum of Art


NORFOLK, VA.- In addition to his extraordinary success as a businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist, the late Frank Batten, Sr. was also a distinguished art collector. Now, thanks to the generosity of Jane Batten, nine works from the Batten Collection have been placed on long-term loan to the Chrysler as promised gifts to the Museum. This winter the museum will present these American masterpieces by Winslow Homer, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Hart Benton, William Glackens, and Edward Redfield, and others in a special second-floor installation. Forty years ago Walter Chrysler, Jr. arrived in Norfolk. He brought with him one of the nation’s great private collections—over 30,000 works of art spanning the full history of human civilization. Chrysler’s gift to the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences was transformational. The newly renamed Chrysler Museum was suddenly the home to an art collection of international