Inside the Barnes, Philadelphia (The Barnes Foundation)
Barnes is often considered the greatest post-impressionist and early-modern art collection in the world, with more than 3,000 masterpieces. Opened in 2012, and designed by New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the Barnes’ downtown Philadelphia location has a gallery section clad in limestone and replicates the previous facility’s Merion gallery on the inside. With an Ellsworth Kelly sculpture on the grounds, reflecting pools, and lush landscaping, the building was designed to be a compliment to the world-famous Barnes art collection.
The Barnes museum in Philadelphia houses dazzling collections of French modern and post-impressionist paintings that can be enjoyed with audio guide supplements. Tour participants have the opportunity to view masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, and Matisse, as well as Picasso, Seurat, Rousseau, Modigliani, Monet, Manet, and Degas. Also see Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquities, Chinese painting, African sculpture, Southwestern retablos, Native American art, and American decorative arts.
Enjoy a three-course private lunch at the museum. The tour is led by art historian Bonita Billman, who offers a lecture en route to Philadelphia.
Fringe stop at about 8:25 a.m.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit
Note: This tour will be offered again, with a date to be announced.
Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
Fringe: I-495, Exit 27 carpool parking lot