Yale Center For British Art
The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom.
Informative and organized exhibition of British paintings in chronological order. No decorative arts (if you exclude sculptures). They do have other things such as prints and drawings but most of which are not on view.
What a wonderful gift from the Mellon family to share with the community for no cost! How can you not get at least something from the experience? ART DEGREE not required but be sure to talk to the docent when you walk in the door.
Beautiful space. Friendly greeters. Took a full 2 hours just to explore one floor. I recommend lunch at Olea's as a break if you want to return later in the afternoon. Free parking nearby in Yale lots if you're lucky. :)
I've never seen so much British art in one place before! It's easily interpreted as the presentation is chronological from the top down (4th floor has the oldest art). It starts with mostly Dutch artists working in Britain, but soon progresses to the great 18th Century British artists such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Turner. The portraits are fantastic, as are the 19th Century landscapes. There are even modern artists occupying a fair space of the museum, most of which I didn't understand, but I did like the David Hockley stuff. A number of wonderful busts were also presented, mostly of antiquity or the 18th Century. Staff was helpful, the building is interesting, and the gift shop is good, too. All of this is free due to the largess of Paul Mellon, who also bequeathed money to the Yale University Art Museum across the street.
Daniel Alberto Lopez
Excellent museum. Loved it. Amazing British Art. Never saw art like these before.