Lush landscapes and Roman vistas at the Yale Center for British Art

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With spring around the corner, the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) offers a tantalizing taste of lush landscapes and Roman vistas in its new exhibition, "Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting," opening Thursday, March 6. This is the first major show in more than 30 years devoted to the Welsh painter, considered by many to be the father of British landscape painting. On view are approximately 150 works — including many of Wilson's greatest paintings and drawings — demonstrating the extent of Wilson's influence throughout Europe and exploring his work in an international context. The exhibition focuses on the nearly seven years Wilson spent working in Rome in the 1750s, a transformational period for the artist and for European landscape art. It also features works by Claude Lorrain, Pompeo Batoni, John Constable, and J.M.W. Turner. Co-Organized with Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales, the exhibition will be on view through June 1 at the YCBA, 1080 Chapel St. Admission is free and open to the public.