Meant to Be Shared will feature 18th- to 20th-century Italian, French and Spanish prints. These works were avidly collected by philanthropist Arthur Ross (1910 – 2007), given to Yale University Art Gallery in 2012 and subsequently organized for this exhibition. Ross frequently lent to museums, especially those on academic campuses. In the spirit of the collector, Meant to Be Shared travels to the Harn Museum and Syracuse University Art Gallery.
Highlights of the exhibition include entire series of works by Francisco Goya, the Spanish artist with whom Ross began his collection; views of 18th-century and ancient Rome by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, which reflect Ross’s love of classicism and the “eternal City”; Eugène Delacroix’s illustrations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet; and Edouard Manet’s illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece The Raven. Other artists represented in the exhibition include Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Cézanne. The exhibition illustrates both the lasting beauty and historical value of the works Ross acquired, as well as the expansive and visionary nature of his generosity.