Fine Arts Collection
Adrien Moreau (French, 1843-1906)
The Affianced, 1878
Oil on Canvas
22" x 17"
Gift of Pierre Bretey
The Fine Arts Collection at Siena is comprised of approximately 1,000 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, textiles, decorative arts, and artifacts. The bulk of the collection dates from the 19th and 20th centuries with a focus on American and European artists, but also includes a collection of Pre-Columbian textiles and African objects. The collection is displayed in several buildings on campus, with the Library serving as the primary exhibition space.
| The collection originated in the late 1950s through the interest of Pierre Bretey, a New York financier who donated a substantial number of works from his private collection. An investment advisor in railroad securities, he began collecting during the Depression. Father Maurus A. Kennedy O.F.M., treasurer of Siena College from 1957 – 1965, met Mr. Bretey while studying at New York University, and generated his interest in Siena. Noting that “At the time, Siena had nothing in the way of art,” Bretey commenced a donation of art that spanned many years, from 1957 through 1974. Through his generosity, the College acquired works by George Inness, Paul Ritter, Adrien Moreau, and Louis Charles Moeller, to name just a few, as well as European religious paintings and decorative arts.
Further donations continued to expand and deepen the collection. The construction of the Standish Library in 1999 led to the acquisition of 23 works by local contemporary artists and the installation of a mural on the second floor landing. Then, in 2007, the bulk of the collection from the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island (FAMLI) was transferred to Siena, significantly expanding the size and scope of the collection.
The College continues to add to the Fine Arts Collection, both through donation and purchase of art. Recent acquisitions include the painting “Moment of Death” by Iranian artist Kayvan Asgari, a group of original signed prints, and two works by Fr. Miguel Loredo O.F.M., “Cristal Verde” and “Red Paradise.”
Information regarding the collection can be obtained by calling the library main office at 518-783-2545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.