The Printed Page: Selections from the Anna C. Hoyt Collection

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
The Lamentation, 1511
15-1/2” x 11-11/8”
Gift of Anna C. Hoyt

(March 12 – May 8, 2009)

In 1956, Vanderbilt University’s Permanent Collection was founded by a generous gift of 105 Old Master and Modern prints from renowned collector Anna C. Hoyt of Boston. Since this gift, the Collection has grown in number and depth to now include over 5,500 works of art. In honor of Ms. Hoyt’s founding patronage and its constructive impact on the arts at Vanderbilt, while marking the last exhibition in the Old Gym before the Gallery moves to the Cohen Memorial Building in the fall of 2009, Director Joseph Mella has assembled this survey drawn exclusively from her gift.

Highlights include an exquisite woodcut by Albrecht Dürer; Honoré Daumier’s lithograph from his series, Les Beaux Jours (Life’s Great Moments)—a model study in 19th-century Realism; and a delicate lithograph portrait by Pablo Picasso completed in 1948. Other works of note are an 18th-century still life mezzotint engraving by Richard Earlom, an etching by Giovanni Piranesi from his Carceri d’invenzione (Invented prisons) suite; and a 17th-century woodcut by Dutch artist Christoffel Jegher based on a work by Peter Paul Rubens that is often considered one of the great prints in the history of the medium.

The Printed Page will be the Fine Arts Gallery’s final exhibition in its current space. A new gallery space is under construction in Vanderbilt’s Cohen Building, located at the western edge of the University’s Peabody Campus bordering 21st Avenue.

This exhibition is curated by Joseph S. Mella.