The exhibition "First Donations" opens at the Blanden Art Museum in Fort Dodge on Tuesday.
Culled from the museum's permanent art collection, the exhibit contains paintings and sculptures owned by private collectors and families from New York to San Diego in the 19th century.
A snarling wild boar, three-headed dog, the Roman god Pluto, portraits of a mid-19th century farming family, lush gardens in Savannah, Georgia, a Roman chariot racer, New England landscapes, the blind elderly poet John Milton dictating "Paradise Lost" to his daughters, the Holy Family, the goddess of hunt, Diana, and a princess in a fairy tale.
Many of the paintings and sculptures were donated by Charles Granger Blanden, who gave the money in 1930 to build the Blanden Art Museum, which was completed in 1932 and accepted as a gift by the City of Fort Dodge.
Other paintings were gifts of Fort Dodge residents during the 1930s and 1940s.
This interesting historical art exhibit will be on display until March 3.
The Blanden Art Museum is free and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday. Handicapped parking and elevator access is available at the west door. Visit the website www.blanden.org.