The Barnes Foundation (Photo: Tom Crane)
Please Note: This tour has a rescheduled date (originally April 11, 2020).
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. In small guided groups, participants have the opportunity to view masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, and Matisse, as well as Picasso, Seurat, Rousseau, Modigliani, Monet, Manet, and Degas. They also see Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquities, Chinese painting, African sculpture, Southwestern retablos, Native American art, and American decorative arts, arranged in configurations that echo those of collector Albert Barnes’s galleries in Merion.
A highlight of the visit is the special exhibition Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miro to Man Ray. It traces how in 1930s Paris, leading modern artists experimented with tapestry design, thanks to pioneering entrepreneur Marie Cuttoli, who commissioned Rouault, Léger, Picasso, Braque, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, and Miró, and others to create designs for the historic tapestry workshops in Aubusson.
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*
*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive ½ elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.