Day at the Museum: Visiting the Barnes Foundation

On a rainy day in July, I had the wonderful opportunity to explore a Philadelphia treasure: the Barnes Foundation. With a prodigious number of works by incredible painters – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse are particularly well-represented – the Barnes Foundation offers a variety of truly breathtaking artwork.

The Barnes Foundation provides a unique viewing experience, as the dazzling works of art are arranged closely and thematically. On the one hand, this system encourages viewers to think about the connections between the paintings. On the other hand, I found that the lack of space between the works detracted from the focus on the individual paintings. I would love to hear your thoughts on the Barnes Foundation’s inventive arrangements in the comments below!

While visitors may not snap photos with the actual paintings, I was sure to preserve my enjoyable visit by taking a picture in the lobby:

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Sunday on the Island of Art History

Father’s Day became Daughter’s Day when I wanted to visit a local gem for an art history enthusiast: Grounds for Sculpture. On a beautiful, sprawling property in Hamilton, New Jersey, this verdant park showcases both modern sculptures by contemporary artists and, to my delight, sculptured re-creations of famous works of art history.

Making it my mission to find all of the sculptures that depict legendary masterpieces, I spent a charming day with my parents and some very familiar faces – a girl with a pearl earring, a boating party having lunch, and a disturbed man on a bridge, to name a few.

(If you are planning your own visit to this incredible stop, please note that it is no walk in the park – pun intended – to find these re-creations. Grounds for Sculpture does not label them with their original names or offer a map that organizes them.)

Grounds for Sculpture made art history come alive! Below are photographs that show me interacting with Seward Johnson’s sculptures. Listed below the photographs are the original paintings and their artists.

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