French Art in Philadelphia
Explore one of the largest collections of French art, sculpture, and architecture outside of Paris and enjoy an exclusive after-hours tour of the Barnes Foundation.
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Join us in Philadelphia to explore one of the largest collections of French art, sculpture, and architecture outside of Paris. Go behind the scenes on a private after-hours tour of the Barnes Foundation, newly opened in heart of the city. Dr. Alfred C. Barnes’s seminal art collection, renowned for its masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, Van Gogh, and others, is displayed as it was in his Merion home, yet within a vibrant new architectural setting. View Henri Matisse’s iconic painting Joy of Life and mural The Dance, commissioned by Dr. Barnes; see the dramatic contemporary architecture; and stroll through the impressive four-and-a-half acre site. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, join a special tour of the museum’s extensive French art collections showcasing works from the 16th to 19th centuries. Another highlight is the intimate Rodin Museum, recently opened after a three-year renovation. With over 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters, this distinguished collection houses work from every phase of the artist’s career, including The Gates of Hell. As a finale, travel to nearby Andalusia mansion and gardens, the home of Nicholas Biddle, which offers commanding views of the Delaware River. Popular Art Historian Bill Kloss leads both the May and September departures. Limited to 32 participants.
Individual arrivals at the Sofitel Philadelphia. Gather for a welcome reception, opening remarks, and dinner with Smithsonian Journeys Expert Bill Kloss. (R,D)
Enjoy breakfast followed by a morning lecture with Bill Kloss. Spend the late morning at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where you’ll tour of the museum’s extensive French Collection of art from the 16th through the 19th century. Have a sumptuous buffet lunch at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. In the late afternoon, depart for the Barnes Foundation. You’ll enjoy an exclusive tour while the museum is closed to the general public. Featuring some of the finest impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the world, you’ll gain insight into the masterpieces in their unique “ensemble” arrangement. Learn more about the illustrious life of collector and native Philadelphian Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951). This evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own. (B,L)
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Rodin museum. With over 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters, this distinguished collection houses pieces from every phase of Auguste Rodin's career. Then journey north of Philadelphia to historic Glen Foerd on the Delaware. Glen Foerd was built about 1850 by Charles Macalester, a prosperous businessman and broker. Have lunch at the home. Continue on to Andalusia Mansion and Gardens located in Bucks Country, Pennsylvania. Andalusia is the vision of Nicholas Biddle, (1786-1844) Director of the Second Bank of the United States and his wife, Jane Craig, who acquired the 100 plus acres from her parents in 1814. The home is one of the earliest examples of the Greek Revival style in the country. The main building was built in 1795, enlarged in 1806, and the imposing colonnade facing the Delaware River was added as part of the 1835-36 Greek Revival style addition. Return to Philadelphia late in the day where you’ll enjoy a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Individual departures from the hotel.