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American Art in Philadelphia Private Walking Tour

Private Guided Tours in Philly

Private Guided Tours in Philly

Enjoy this private walking tour in historic Philadelphia to discover American art, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Second Bank Portrait Gallery.

It is perhaps no surprise that American art begins with the founding of the American republic and in the fertile intellectual hubbub of Philadelphia. Led by such visionaries as Gilbert Stuart and Charles Wilson Peale, Philadelphia became a locus for American aesthetic explorations for nearly a century.

In this three-hour walking seminar led by a scholar in American art you will turn your attention to the important artists of the early 19th century and the institutions they founded in Philadelphia as you paint a portrait, so to speak, of American art at its beginning.

American Art in Philadelphia Private Walking Tour
Length: 3 hours
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10:00 am & 2:00 pm - Wednesday through Sunday


6 Days Minimum Advance Notice Required. Tour does not includes hotel pick-up or drop-off. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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Begin your discussion in the shadow of Independence Hall where Charles Willson Peale, a friend of Thomas Jefferson and the great portraitist of George Washington, lived for a time and used the structure to display his growing collection of art and natural specimens. You will consider Peale's museum (generally considered the first modern museum) in the context of the Enlightenment, which will allow you then to turn your attention to his work as an artist.

Focusing on Peale's portrait gallery hanging in the historic Second Bank of the United States, you'll talk about early American portraiture and such figures as Stuart, Copely, and West. You will also address how the institutionalization of “American Fine Art” took shape in the cultural and artistic hub of the young nation, and place art making and viewing within a larger context of transatlantic influences, philosophical inquiry, and evolving civic and national identities.

Your walk will then take you to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the United States' first successful art academy. Here you will encounter Peale's seminal "The Artist in His Museum," along with works by West, Stuart, Krimmel, Raphaelle Peale, and other Pennsylvania artists in the Academy's fine standing collection of American art. You'll look at the role of the Academy and various art movements and communities in the region through the early 20th century up to today.

6 Days Minimum Advance Notice Required. Tour does not includes hotel pick-up or drop-off. Please order online or call to order or for more information.


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