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American Art in Philadelphia Walking Tour

American Art in Philadelphia Walking Tour

On this small group walking tour in Philadelphia you will 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.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

3 hours

Time

10:00 am on Thursday & Saturday

6 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Itinerary:

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 Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

September 30, 2017

Desired Time:

10:00 AM