Grant Wood, American (1892–1942) - Family Doctor, 1941 - Lithograph - The Anna C. Hoyt Collection, Vanderbilt University

NASHVILLE, TNThe Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of  The Printed Page: Selections from the Anna C. Hoyt Collection an extensive exhibition of Old Master and modern prints curated by Joseph Mella, director of the gallery. The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Old Gym, at the corner of 23rd and West End Avenues. All events are free and open to the public. On view through May 8th, 2009.

Richard Earlom, British (1743–1822) A Flower Piece, after Jan van Huysom (1618–1749), Mezzotint engraving, 1778 The Anna C. Hoyt Collection, Vanderbilt University

In 1956, Vanderbilt University’s permanent collection was founded by a generous gift of 105 Old Master and modern prints from Anna C. Hoyt of Boston. Working with Walter Sharp, professor of fine arts during the department’s early years, Ms. Hoyt assembled an outstanding survey of the medium.  A member of the print department staff of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for more than forty years and a prominent collector in her own right, Ms. Hoyt crafted this gift to act as a lesson in the history of printmaking over six centuries.

Highlights include an exquisite woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, an Honoré Daumier lithograph from his series Les Beaux Jours (Life’s Great Moments)—a model study in nineteenth-century realism, and a delicate lithograph portrait by Pablo Picasso, completed in 1948. Other works of note are an eighteenth-century still life mezzotint engraving by Richard Earlom, an etching by Giovanni Piranesi from his Carceri d’invenzione (Invented prisons) suite, two nineteenth-century Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints by Ando Hiroshige, and a seventeenth-century woodcut by Flemish artist Christoffel Jegher based on a work by Peter Paul Rubens and often considered one of the great prints in the history of the medium.

Since this gift, the Fine Arts Gallery’s collection has grown in number and depth to include more than 5,500 works of art. THE PRINTED PAGE is being presented 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.

Gallery Hours
12-4 p.m., Monday through Friday
1-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, is a leading collegiate art gallery. The permanent collection consists of more than 5,500 works, including Asian and African art; nineteenth and twentieth-century European and American paintings and sculpture; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; medieval sculpture; early Italian Renaissance paintings; and an extensive collection of historic and contemporary works on paper.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s Web site at or call 615-322-0605.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the
Artcare Partnership for Conservation Program.

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Tolstoy on Art

"The task of art is enormous. Through the influence of real art, aided by science, guided by religion, that peaceful co-operation of man is now obtained by external means-by law courts, police, charitable institutions, factory inspection, etc.-should be obtained by man's free and joyous activity. Art should cause violence to be set aside. And it is only art that can accomplish this."