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The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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The Barnes Foundation (Photo: Risa Ryan)
The 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, the Barnes’ downtown Philadelphia location 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 complement 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.
A highlight of the visit is the special exhibition Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist. It traces how Morisot’s portrayal of the human figure enabled her to explore impressionist themes of modernity: the intimacy of contemporary bourgeois living and family life, the taste for resorts and gardens, the importance of fashion, and women’s domestic work.
Enjoy 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
Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
Fringe: I-495, Exit 27 carpool parking lot