Related Exhibitions

When in Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900 features works from the Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints at the Yale University Art Gallery and is made possible in part by the Yale University Art Gallery's Collection Sharing Initiative, endowed by the Isabel B. Wilson Memorial Fund.


Meant to Be Shared: Selections from the Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints at the Yale University Art Gallery tour dates:


  • December 18, 2015–April 24, 2016
  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


  • January 31, 2017–May 28, 2017
  • Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville


  • August 17, 2017–November 19, 2017
  • Syracuse University Art Galleries, N.Y.


The following exhibitions on view at Smith College have been organized concurrently to complement the exhibition When In Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900


  • When in Rome…Nineteenth Century Grand Tour Souvenirs
  • Chace Gallery, Smith College Museum of Art, third floor
  • August 15 – December 4, 2016


A cabinet filled with the curious memorabilia of Anglo-Americans who took the Grand Tour (travel in Europe as a means of self-education): a luxurious individually-illustrated copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Marble Faun which many travelers utilized as a guidebook to the city; a stately marble model of the Coliseum (the nineteenth-century spelling of Colosseum); album photographs of the Coliseum and an astounding you-are-there nineteenth century history painting await you on the Smith College Museum of Art’s third floor!  This installation was grew out of the Spring 2016 museum-based seminar, ARH 348: When In Rome. In this hands-on class students analyzed nineteenth-century photographs in relation to scholarly work on tourism and the Grand Tour, as well as on the ancient monuments themselves. Participants in the seminar also delved into nineteenth-century guidebooks and depictions of Rome in contemporary fiction from Henry James’s Daisy Miller to Hawthorne’s Marble Faun to see what such juxtapositions of text and image may reveal.

The resulting cabinet installation was co-curated by Smith College Professor Barbara Kellum and Dan Recalde, Amherst ’16. 


ARH 348 Seminar Participants:

Alessia Becker ‘16

Nat Belkov ‘16

Rachel Diana, UMass graduate student

Isabella Galdone ‘16

Laura Grant ‘17

Samantha Linder ‘18

Pablo Morales Amherst ‘16

Brett Katharine Porter ‘16

Daniel Recalde Amherst ‘16

Emma Rodrigue ‘16

Lydia Wilson ‘16



  • The Lure of Italy: Travel Books and Manuscripts from the Gundersheimer Collection
  • Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, Smith College, third floor
  • August 20–December 20, 2016


Werner L. Gundersheimer, director emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library, donated his remarkable collection of nearly 600 books on Italian travel to the Mortimer Rare Book Room in 2013. The collection is composed of accounts of mostly English and American travelers to all parts of Italy during the seventeenth through the twentieth century, including the Grand Tour, later American cultural tourism, and women travelers. Many of the books are illustrated with drawings, prints, and photographs, and some of the texts shed new light on early travelers’ motivations and interests. Many of the books also have decorative, illustrative, and colorful book covers. This exhibition of a small selection of the Gundersheimer Collection provides an overview of this diverse group of books and manuscripts. The Lure of Italy was curated by Leslie J. Winter, who currently is a candidate for a Masters of Library Science degree at Indiana University Bloomington.





Caption: Gallery visitors viewing one of SCMA’s works on paper cabinets. Photograph by Lynn Graves for SCMA. Top Image: Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Italian, 1720–1778. Piramide di C. Cestio (Pyramid of Gaius Cestius) from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), 1756. Yale University Art Gallery. The Arthur Ross Collection. 2012.159.11.57