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Richard L. Feigen Collection and Yale University Art Gallery

Richard L. Feigen Collection and Yale University Art Gallery

Where I was in New York earlier this month, I took the opportunity to visit Yale University Art Gallery, where a special exhibit of Italian Paintings from the Richard L. Feigen Collection of Italian paintings was on display and had garnered great reviews. 

According to the Art Gallery's introduction, "Italian Paintings from the Richard L. Feigen Collection features some 50 paintings from the 14th through the 17th century by such celebrated artists as Taddeo Gaddi, Orcagna, Lorenzo Monaco, Fra Angelico, Annibale and Ludovico Carracci, Domenichino, Guercino, and Orazio Gentileschi. The exhibition draws from the wide-ranging collection assembled by noted author, collector, and dealer Richard L. Feigen, B.A. 1952, which has never before been catalogued or exhibited in its entirety. This presentation provides a rare opportunity for Gallery visitors to view significant examples of Italian art, ranging from the greatest of Giotto’s followers to the Baroque masters of Bologna, Rome, and Florence. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, copublished with Yale University Press, with a preface by Feigen and entries by Laurence Kanter and John Marciari"

There were many beautiful paintings and due to their ages, they often looked very strange and required a great command of iconography of the past to understand them fuller.  Not being a scholar in earlier Italian paintings was a hindrance for me to understand the importance of this group works but it didn't deter me from appreciate their eerie beauty.

The Annunciatory Angel, 1387, Niccolò  di  Pietro Gerini
The Annunciatory Angel, 1387, Niccolò di Pietro Gerini

Saint Sixtus, circa 1453–54, Fra Angelico
"Saint Sixtus, circa 1453–54, Fra Angelico

Virgin and Child  with Two Angels circa 1460–70, follower of Paolo Uccello
Virgin and Child with Two Angels circa 1460–70, follower of Paolo Uccello

Virgin and Child with Saint Lucy and the Young Saint  John the Baptist, circa 1587–88, Annibale Carracci
Virgin and Child with Saint Lucy and the Young Saint John the Baptist, circa 1587–88, Annibale Carracci

Christ Carrying the Cross, circa  1591–95, Alessandro Allori
Christ Carrying the Cross, circa 1591–95, Alessandro Allori

Danaë and the Shower of Gold,  1621-22, Orazio Gentileschi _7691
Danaë and the Shower of Gold, 1621-22, Orazio Gentileschi

After viewing the special exhibit, I spent a couple more hours to see the gallery's permanent collection.  According the the gallery, it collects over 185,000 works. European paintings, from iconic period to the modern time, were my initial focus as usual.  I found the images below were most interesting, including those by Fra Angelico, Bosch, Holbein, Rubens, Van Dyck, Hals, Manet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Hopper and Kiefer.

Three Princesses, c. 1325-35, Tino di  Camaino _7699
Three Princesses, c. 1325-35, Tino di Camaino

The Assumption of the Virgin,  1362, Luca di Tommè _7700
The Assumption of the Virgin, 1362, Luca di Tommè

The Annunciation, c. 1423-25, Fra Angelico  _7705
"The Annunciation, c. 1423-25, Fra Angelico

Virgin and  Child, c. 1460-65, Neri di Bicci, Desiderio da Settignano, God the  Father with Adoring Angels and Seraphim, 1472, Neri di Bicci _7706
Virgin and Child, c. 1460-65, Neri di Bicci, Desiderio da Settignano, God the Father with Adoring Angels and Seraphim, 1472, Neri di Bicci

The Annunciation, c. 1480, Nerocio de  Landi _7704
The Annunciation, c. 1480, Nerocio de Landi

An Allegory of Intemperance,  c. 1495-1500, Hieronymus Bosch _7715
An Allegory of Intemperance, c. 1495-1500, Hieronymus Bosch

A Hanseatic Merchant, 1538, Hans  Holbein the Younger _7717
A Hanseatic Merchant, 1538, Hans Holbein the Younger

The  Crucifixion with the Converted  Centurion, 1538, Lucas Cranach the Elder _7713
The Crucifixion with the Converted Centurion, 1538, Lucas Cranach the Elder

The Brothel Scene, c. 1540, The  Brunswick Monogrammist _7711
The Brothel Scene, c. 1540, The Brunswick Monogrammist

Virgin and Child, known as the Madonna del Libro, c. 1545-46,  Jacopo Carucci, called Pontormo _7718
Virgin and Child, known as the Madonna del Libro, c. 1545-46, Jacopo Carucci, called Pontormo

Portrait of a Man, c. 1615, Peter Paul  Rubens _7725
Portrait of a Man, c. 1615, Peter Paul Rubens

The Assumption of the Virgin, 1636-38,  Peter Paul Rubens and The Ecstasy of Saint Augustine, 1628, Anthony van  Dyck _7722
The Assumption of the Virgin, 1636-38, Peter Paul Rubens, and The Ecstasy of Saint Augustine, 1628, Anthony van Dyck

De Heer Bodolphe, 1643  and Mevrouw Bodolphe, 1643, Frans Hals _7721
De Heer Bodolphe, 1643 and Mevrouw Bodolphe, 1643, Frans Hals

Young Woman Reclining  in Spanish Costume, 1862-63, Édouard Manet _7730
Young Woman Reclining in Spanish Costume, 1862-63, Édouard Manet

Bouteille, verre, et citrons (Bottle, Glass, and Lemons), c.  1867-69, Paul Cézanne _7733
Bouteille, verre, et citrons (Bottle, Glass, and Lemons), c. 1867-69, Paul Cézanne

Le café de nuit (The Night  Café), 1888, Vincent van Gogh _7736
Le café de nuit (The Night Café), 1888, Vincent van Gogh

The Play Scene in  Hamlet (Act III, Scene 2), 1897, Edwin Austin Abbey _7727
The Play Scene in Hamlet (Act III, Scene 2), 1897, Edwin Austin Abbey

The Forest, 1935, Paul Delvaux _7740
The Forest, 1935, Paul Delvaux

Interior at Le Cannet, 1938, Pierre  Bonnard _7738
Interior at Le Cannet, 1938, Pierre Bonnard

Rooms by the Sea, 1951, Edward Hopper _7742
Rooms by the Sea, 1951, Edward Hopper

Rooms by the Sea (detail), 1951, Edward  Hopper _7745
Rooms by the Sea (detail), 1951, Edward Hopper

Die Ungeborenen (The Unborn),  2001, Anselm Kiefer _7747
Die Ungeborenen (The Unborn), 2001, Anselm Kiefer

This art gallery also boasts artifacts from ancient worlds, ranging from Mideast, Far East, Roman Empire, America and Africa. The crowning piece to be is the Relief from the Palace of Assurnasirpal II at Nimrud below, dated 883-859 B.C. 

Relief from the Palace of  Assurnasirpal II at Nimrud, depitcting a Human-Headed Genie Watering a  Sacred Tree, 883-859 B.C. _7696
Relief from the Palace of Assurnasirpal II at Nimrud, depitcting a Human-Headed Genie Watering a Sacred Tree, 883-859 B.C.

Yale University Art Gallery _7749

Yale University Art Gallery _7751

Yale University Art Gallery _7757

Portrait of Caligula  (Roman emperor A.D. 37-41) Roman, A.D. 37-41 _7693
Portrait of Caligula (Roman emperor A.D. 37-41) Roman, A.D. 37-41

Yale University Art Gallery _7750

Yale University Art Gallery _7754

Yale University Art Gallery _7755

Yale University Art Gallery _7753

Finally, a few contemporary sculptures in the gallery and the sculpture garden rounded up this rather substantial collection.

Sunflower, 2005, Sugiura Yasuyoshi _7752
Sunflower, 2005, Sugiura Yasuyoshi

Cubi XXII, 1964, David Smith _7695
Cubi XXII, 1964, David Smith

Le prix, 2006, Martin Puryear _7694
Le prix, 2006, Martin Puryear


It is an amazingly large collection, with those marquee names mentioned above.  However, I did find that it has spread thin, without much depth of any direction. This slight deficiency is common amongst university museums, however rich they are, such as Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University in the west coast, which however has an incredibly large Rodin's sculpture collection to counter such charge.

Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 9/26/10 | tags: modern realism Yale University Art Gallery sculpture traditional Italian painting Richard L. Feigen Collection







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