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American Art in Philadelphia Private Walking Tour

American Art in Philadelphia Private  Walking Tour

In this private walking seminar led by a scholar in American art, attention will be paid to the important artists of the early 19th century and the institutions they founded in Philadelphia as your guide paints a portrait, so to speak, of American art at its beginning.

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 & 2:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday

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

Description

Itinerary:

The discussion begins in the shadow of Independence Hall where Charles Willson Peale, a friend of Thomas Jefferson and the great portraitist of George Washington, who lived for a time in Philadelphia and used the structure to display his growing collection of art and natural specimens. 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.

Your guide will talk about early American portraiture and such figures as Stuart, Copely and West. The tour 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 Trans-Atlantic influences, philosophical inquiry, and evolving civic and national identities.

Your walk will then go 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. Time to look at the role of the Academy and various art movements and communities in the region through the early 20th century up to today.

Inclusions

  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Second Bank Portrait Gallery
  • and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

6 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per group 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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September 27, 2017

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