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  • Pieces by famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt, are among 30 pieces of art donated to Boston College.
  • The donation comes from investment banker Peter Lynch, a 1965 Boston College alumni.
  • The donation, which features Picasso’s drawing “Head” and Cassatt’s watercolor painting “Mother and Child,” is worth upwards of $20 million.

Pieces by famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt, are among 30 pieces of art donated to Boston College by investment manager Peter Lynch.

Lynch, a 1965 Boston College alumni, made the donation of 27 paintings and three drawings to the college’s McMullen Museum. 

“This is a transformational gift for the McMullen Museum, allowing expansion of our role as a vital educational resource offered free of charge not only to the Boston College community but also to all students and the public, wherever they may be,” Nancy Netzer, the inaugural Robert L. and Judith T. Winston director of the McMullen Museum, said in a press release.


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The donation, which features Picasso’s drawing “Head” and Cassatt’s watercolor painting “Mother and Child,” is worth upwards of $20 million. Lynch donated an additional grant of $5 million to maintain the exhibit.

“My hope is that this artwork, all of which my wife Carolyn and I collected during our 50 years together, will help students to develop a deeper understanding of art and its importance as a form of expression,” said Lynch. 

“All students definitely can learn from this collection, which includes a diversity of styles of painting, many of which depict the natural beauty of our country from its most celebrated painters. I also wanted to enhance the McMullen Museum’s permanent collection through our donation and encourage others to follow.”


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Published on Dec 07, 2021