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

January 31, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Meant to Be Shared features nearly two hundred 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 Meant to Be Shared include entire series of works by Francisco Goya, views of 18th-century and ancient Rome by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Eugène Delacroix’s illustrations of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and Édouard Manet’s illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven.” Other artists represented in the exhibition include Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso.

Meant to Be Shared: Selections from the Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints at the Yale University Art Gallery is organized by the Yale University Art Gallery. The exhibition is made possible by the Arthur Ross Foundation with local support from the Harn Program Endowment Fund, Visit Florida, Robert and Carolyn Thoburn, Yale alumni Donald Caton with his wife Cecilia, Roy Hunt, Consuelo Soldevila-Pico and an anonymous donor.


Discovery Guide

Meant to Be Shared

Take a closer look at the history and art of printmaking in this digital guide to the exhibition Meant to Be Shared: Selections from the Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints at the Yale University of Art Gallery.

Printed copes are available for everyone at the Harn's Visitor Services Desk located near the museum's entrance. 


Exhibition Catalogue

Available in the Harn Store

This fully illustrated catalogue offers an in-depth look at the Arthur Ross Collection of Italian, Spanish and French prints. It includes works by master artists such as Francisco Goya, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Édouard Manet. This book was crafted by the Yale University Art Gallery in celebration of Arthur Ross' belief that these art works are "Meant to Be Shared" with everyone. 

Past Events


Member pARTy

Celebrating Meant to Be Shared 
Feb. 24, 6 - 8:30 pm 

Gallery Talks

Mary Watt 
"What Mrs. Flaxman Saw … A First Hand Perspective on the Grand Tour" 
Feb. 18, 3 pm 


Janis A. Tomlinson
"Etching Enlightenment’s Demise: The Print Series of Francisco Goya"
Feb. 28, 6pm 

Museum Nights 

Sharing Europe 
Apr. 13, 6 - 9 pm 

Family Day

A Printmaker's Quest 
Feb. 11, 1 - 4 pm 

Educator Workshop 

Master Artists, Meant to Be Shared  
Feb. 15, 2 - 4:30 pm 


"The Art & Craft of Printmaking" Exhibit 
Jan. 27 - Feb. 22 

Plexi-Etching and Monotype Workshop 
Fee: $80 ($70 Harn members) 
Apr. 22, noon - 4:30 pm 

Past Events 

Gallery Talks

Dulce Román
Meant to Be Shared"
Feb. 5, 3 pm  

Image Credits: 

(detail) Francisco Goya, Modo de volar (A Way of Flying), also known as Donde hay ganas hay maña (Where There's a Will There's a Way), from the series Los disparates (Los proverbios), 
ca. 1816–19, published 1864 (first edition), Etching, aquatint, and drypoint, The Arthur Ross Collection
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Death Giving Audience, from Vari capricci (Various Capriccios), 1740–42, printed in 1785 (second edition), Etching, The Arthur Ross Collection
Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto, Ale Porte del Dolo (At the Locks of Dolo), from the Vedute (Views), 1741–44, Etching, The Arthur Ross Collection
Pablo Picasso, La cogida (The Tossing), from the series La tauromaquia, 1957, Aquatint, The Arthur Ross Collection
Francisco Goya, Ligereza y atrevimiento de Juanito Apiñani en la de Madrid (The Agility and Audacity of Juanito Apinani in [the Ring] at Madrid), from the series La tauromaquia, 1816, Etching and aquatint, The Arthur Ross Collection
(detail) 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, The Arthur Ross Collection