After the high-flying adventure yesterday, today we decided to relax and enjoy a calm walk through the Yale University Art Gallery, the #1 rated thing to do in Connecticut on Trip Advisor. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take pictures of the exhibits, so this post will be light on the images.
Admission is free and the museum is open to the public. This was a cheap date night idea, as we only had to pay for parking.
Our first exhibit was the Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints and Drawings, a temporary exhibition. This collection featured a number of lithographs and sketches from artists such as Francisco Goya and Edgar Degas. It was astonishing to see the depths and dimensions that these artists created with just a pen. We saw a collection of sketches of bull fighting, including a few done by Pablo Picasso. We also saw one piece drawn by Rembrandt.
We toured the African art gallery and saw a number of sculptures, drums, and traditional headdresses. Then we toured the Asian exhibits and saw a number of ancient Chinese and ancient Indian sculptures, pottery, and paintings. The amount of details in the works are astonishing.
Next, we went to the European exhibit. There was a vast array of different works of art, including two Van Gogh paintings. We enjoyed looking at all the pieces we could, while pointing out the features that we enjoyed. Also in this exhibit is a two-volume set of the original Gutenburg Bible, one of only 23 remaining complete copies in the world. This was my favorite piece we saw, because it is like seeing part of the technology that enabled the modern age.
Lastly, we went to their ancient coin exhibit. They had a nice collection of coins throughout the ages, from some of the first coins that were merely scored metal ingots to what we think of as coins today, depicting ancient rulers and royal crests.
If you’d like to learn more about the pieces, visit during a museum tour or visit their website.
The one thing that we would have done differently was arrive earlier. The museum was huge and we didn’t get to see everything with the amount of time we had. This, however, is a good problem to have.
What is your favorite museum or collection? Let us know in the comments.