Title Wall for exhibition.
Past exhibition

Exhibition: Meant to Be Shared: Selections from the Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints at the Yale University Art Gallery

Beginning in the late 1970s, philanthropist Arthur Ross (1910–2007) avidly collected for his eponymous foundation works of art by some of the most renowned printmakers of the last several centuries. The Arthur Ross Collection eventually came to comprise more than 1,200 17th- to 20th-century Italian, Spanish, and French prints of exceptional quality. Highlights include works by Francisco Goya, the first artist whom Ross collected; Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s views of 18th-century and ancient Rome, which reflect Ross’s love of classicism and the Eternal City; and Édouard Manet’s illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem The Raven.

Meant to Be Shared: Selections from the Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints is the inaugural exhibition of this superlative group of works in its new home at the Yale University Art Gallery. From the collection’s early years, The Arthur Ross Foundation frequently lent to academic institutions, museums, and cultural organizations, such that for three decades, some portion of the collection was accessible to the public. In this spirit, Meant to Be Shared travels to two university museums in 2017, and further exhibitions of selections from the collection are planned, illustrating both the high aesthetic quality and historical value of the works Ross acquired, as well as the expansive and visionary nature of his generosity.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Veduta della Piazza di Monte Cavallo (View of the Piazza di Monte Cavallo [now the Piazza del Quirinale with the Quirinal Palace]), from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), 1750. Etching. Yale University Art Gallery, The Arthur Ross Collection

Exhibition organized by Suzanne Boorsch, the Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints and Drawings, with the assistance of Heather Nolin, Assistant Director of Exhibitions, Programming, and Education. Made possible by the Arthur Ross Foundation.

Related Publication


Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints

Essays by Suzanne Boorsch, Douglas Cushing, Alexa A. Greist, Elisabeth Hodermarsky, Sinclaire Marber, John E. Moore, and Heather Nolin

With a foreword by Janet C. Ross