Beinecke Rare Book Library, one of the largest collections of rare books and manuscripts in the world, is worth a trip in itself. There is something about this multi-story glass display of books, presented as if they're holy, that's profoundly moving.
|Panoramic of the interior of The Beinecke Rare Book Library.|
|William Wordsworth, Winnowings from Wordsworth ..., 188?, Edinburgh. (I can't find the exact size but it was small, about 4 - 5 inches tall.)|
There's also the Yale Center for British Art, the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom with a collection of about 2000 paintings and 200 sculptures. Not being a great fan of most British art, I didn't go there again this time.
And then there's Yale's outstanding encyclopedic museum where I spent most of my time. I wrote about the Yale Art Gallery last year, soon after they opened the newly restored and much enlarged new space. This trip I was able to spend more time on individual works.
|Marcel Duchamp, American, Tu m’, 1918, oil on canvas, with bottlebrush, safety pins, and bolt, 27 1/2 x 119 5/16 inches (gift of the Estate of Katherine S. Dreier – 1953.6.4).|
|Detail: Marcel Duchamp, Tu m'.|
|Detail: Marcel Duchamp, Tu m'. (Duchamp hired a sign painter to paint the hand.)|
|Detail: Marcel Duchamp, Tu m' (bottom of left side).|
Some of my other "discoveries" from this visit are:
|Carlo Crivelli, Saint Peter, ca. 1470, tempera on panel, 11 9/16 x 8 7/16 inches (gift of Hannah D. and Louis M. Rabinowitz – 1959.15.15).|
Another small painting that I spent time with and savored is this glowing Seurat:
|Georges Seurat, Black Cow in a Meadow, ca. 1881, oil on panel, framed: 6 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches|
(gift of Walter J. Kohler – 1969.96.1).
|Andrea del Sarto, Portrait of Bernardo Accolti, c. 1528-30, oil on panel (private collection).|
I also paid more attention to this Manet, a painting obviously influenced by Goya's Clothed Maja.
|Édouard Manet, Reclining Young Woman in Spanish Costume, 1862–63, oil on canvas, framed: 46 7/8 x 54 5/16 inches (bequest of Stephen Carlton Clark – 1961.18.33).|
|Detail: bottom right, Édouard Manet, Reclining Young Woman in Spanish Costume.|
There were also several temporary exhibitions, and two of my favorites were:
Red Grooms: Larger Than Life (until March 30th) – his fun homage to the great artists of the twentieth century.
|Installation view, Red Grooms: Larger Than Life.|
|Red Grooms, Cedar Bar, 1986, colored pencil, colored crayons, and watercolor on five sheets of paper, mounted to board and framed in artist's wood frame, framed:119 1/2 x 324 x 3 inches (Charles B. Benenson Collection – 2006.52.56).|
|Flowering Cherry with Poem Slips, Japanese, Edo period, 17th century. Right screen from a pair of six-panel folding screens: ink, mineral color, gold, and silver on paper (collection of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger).|