Past Exhibitions
Pieter Coecke van Aelst I, Customs and Fashions of the Turks, 1553. Woodcut printed from 10 blocks. Yale University Art Gallery, Everett V. Meeks, B.A. 1901, Fund

Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian

  • March 19, 2008–June 8, 2008
    Davis Museum and Cultural Center/Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
  • September 9, 2008–November 30, 2008
    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • January 31, 2009–April 26, 2009
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
This exhibition showcases mural-size prints from the late 15th century to 1630, when ambitions—to rival painted images, to assert and justify political rule, or simply to adorn wall surfaces—prompted printed imagery to expand. Surviving in far fewer numbers than smaller prints, mural-size print ensembles sometimes reached over ten feet in height and stretched to sixteen feet in length. Grand Scale displays approximately 50 oversize prints from the German, Italian, and Netherlandish schools, including compositions by Sandro Botticelli, Albrecht Dürer, Titian, Jacopo Tintoretto, Bartholomaeus Spranger, and Peter Paul Rubens.
Exhibition and publication organized by the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College. Presentation at the Yale University Art Gallery organized by Suzanne Boorsch, the Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by major gifts from the Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Foundation, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, and Wellesley College Friends of Art, with additional funds from International Fine Print Dealers Association. Presentation at the Yale University Art Gallery made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Frederic D. Wolfe, B.S. 1951, on behalf of The Wolfe Family Charitable Foundation.

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