Britain in the world

Exhibition May 11, 2016 − December 31, 2020
The Yale Center for British Art presents the "Britain in the world".

The exhibition presents almost four hundred works, mainly a gift from the founder of the institution, Paul Mellon and supplemented with other gifts and purchases, are exhibited in restored and reconfigured galleries.

Tracing the growth of the British school of artists, the exhibition shows how often art history in Britain focuses on the narrative of international exchange. The exposition examines the impact of immigration and travel on British art and culture over the centuries, as well as the role that art played in the history of British imperial vision, exploring the ways in which the perception of the British empire influenced how the British saw themselves and others.

The exhibition features Dutch artists who laid the foundations of British art in the Tudor era (1485–1603), as well as the 17th-century Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck, the 18th-century Venetian artist Canaletto, the German artist Johan Zoffany and the American artists John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West.