Renowned Private Collection Will Be On View for the First Time in Yale Art Gallery Exhibit

A private collection of 14th- through 17th-century Italian masterpieces will be on view along with the Yale University Art Gallery’s own renowned collection of works from that era in a new exhibition opening on Friday, May 28.

“Italian Paintings from the Richard Feigen Collection” marks the first time that the wide-ranging collection by the noted author, collector, dealer and Yale alumnus (B.A., 1952) has ever been exhibited — or even catalogued — in its entirety.

“The Italian paintings owned by Richard Feigen constitute what is among the most important private collections in the world today, one that is widely admired for both its depth and quality,” notes Laurence Kanter, the Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art at the gallery, who organized the exhibition.


The collection includes three paintings by 15th-century artist Fra Angelico, ranging from one of his earliest works to one of his latest. Other artists represented in the collection include Jacopo Zucchi, Alessandro Allori and Orazio Gentileschi.

The Yale Art Gallery’s own collection includes works of “equal or even greater importance,” notes Kanter. The gallery acquired the James Jackson Jarves Collection of Italian paintings in 1871. “Underappreciated at the time, these objects have come to be esteemed as cultural icons and to be pursued by museums throughout the country and around the world,” says Kanter. “Yet few museums anywhere have amassed the range and quality of works of art from the early Renaissance represented in Yale’s ­collection.”

Artists in the Yale collection include Gentile da Fabriano, Antonio del Pollaiuolo and Jacopo Pontormo.

A fully illustrated catalogue is being published in conjunction with the exhibition by Yale University Press and will be available in the gallery’s bookstore.

“Italian Paintings from the Richard L. Feigen Collection” will be on view through Sept. 12.

The Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. (at York), is open to the public free of charge Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. (through June); and Sunday 1-6 p.m. It is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://artgallery.yale.edu or call 203-432-0600.

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