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 Rome, which reflect Ross’s love of classicism and the Eternal City. Additional highlights include Édouard Manet’s illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem The Raven.
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. Organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, Syracuse University Art Galleries is the final venue for this touring exhibition.