Today, high-quality quartz crystals are mined from the mountains and caverns of Arkansas. Yet this iridescent, enigmatic material has captivated artists, religious leaders, monarchs, and healers across the world for thousands of years.
Organized by Crystal Bridges curator of contemporary art Lauren Haynes with guest curator Joachim Pissarro, Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the complex and varied connections between crystal and art throughout the world, spanning history and geography. View ancient artifacts such as engraved gems, figurines, and more alongside works from contemporary artists around the world that explore the power of crystal in art by drawing on its form, properties, and mysterious qualities.
Featuring more than 75 works from Ancient Egypt, Rome, China, and beyond, discover how the power of crystal transcends the boundaries of time and space.
Special Exhibition Drop-In Tour
October 21, 2019 - January 6, 2020
For groups of 10 or more, please reach out to our Group Tour department for coordination and assistance with tickets and museum amenities.
Call 479-418-5746 or visit the Group Tours page.
James Dyke & Helen Porter
Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry, Frank and Pat Bailey, Marybeth and Micky Mayfield, Morris Foundation, Inc.,
Kyle, Maury and Finn Peterson, and JT and Imelda Rose.
Alexis Arnold, Smithsonian Nature Guide: Rocks and Minerals, 2019, Book, borax 9 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 6 in., Courtesy of the artist
Maker Unkown, Statuette of Venus, Roman 100-1 BC Rock crystal, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, 78.AN.248
Maker Unkown, Mughal period (1526-1858): Islamic Attributed to India mid-17th century, Mango-Shaped Flask, Rock crystal; set with gold, enamel, rubies and emeralds, Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1993 (1993.18)
Albrecht Dürer, German, Nuremberg 1471-1528 Nuremberg, Melencolia I, 1514 Engraving, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in., Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Anonymous Gift, 2003 (2003.446.1)
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Jean-Valentin Morel, French, 1794-1860 Standing Cup, 1850-1851, French Rock crystal, silver gilt, enamel, pearls Height: 9 1/4 in. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1997 (1997.14)
Albrecht Dürer, German, Nuremberg 1471-1528 Nuremberg Melencolia I, 1514 Engraving 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in., Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Anonymous Gift, 2003 (2003.446.1)
Alexis Arnold Smithsonian Nature Guide: Rocks and Minerals, 2019 Book, borax 9 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 6 in. Courtesy of the artist