Italy on Paper

February 7 through July 29, 2012
Ripin Print Gallery

This exhibition focuses on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century representations of Italy by European and American artists such as Thomas Cole, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Robert MacPherson, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, John Marin, Alfred Stieglitz, Baron Adolph de Meyer and Edward Steichen. With more than forty works on paper from the museum’s holdings and materials from Oberlin College’s Special Collections and Archives, Italy on Paper explores the ways in which these works framed Italy as a travel destination and tourist attraction. A selection of travel narratives, maps, guidebooks, and stereoscopic slides also on view further contextualize and exemplify Italy’s appeal to the Western eye.

Co-curated by Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs, and Stiliana Milkova, with assistance from Sara Green (OC '12). Additional research conducted by Hanna Exel (OC '12) and Thomas Huston (OC '13).

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Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946)
A Bit of Venice, 1894–98
Aquatint photogravure
Gift of Marilyn W. Grounds