American Art in Philadelphia: Private 3-Hour Tour

American Art in Philadelphia: Private 3-Hour Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Enjoy a tour that paints a portrait, so to speak, of American art at its beginning
  • Enjoy discussions in a small group about the important artists of the early 19th century and the institutions they founded in Philadelphia
  • Admire the works of art at the Peale Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Enjoy a private tour of American art, including a visit to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Second Bank Portrait Gallery. This 3-hour tour in Philadelphia is led by an art expert and focuses on the important artist of the early 19th century.
What to Expect
On this 3-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. It is perhaps no surprise that American art began with the founding of the American republic and in the fertile intellectual hubbub of Philadelphia. Led by such visionaries as Gilbert Stuart and Charles Willson Peale, Philadelphia became a locus for American aesthetic explorations for nearly a century.

You will begin the 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 here and used the structure to display his growing collection of art and natural specimens. You will consider the pieces in the Peale Museum, generally considered the first modern museum, in the context of the Enlightenment, allowing you then to turn your attention to his work as an artist.

Focusing on Peale's portrait gallery hanging in the Second Bank Portrait Gallery, the tour guide will 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 Trans-Atlantic influences, philosophical inquiry, and evolving civic and national identities.

The 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 work "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 will look at the role of the Academy and various art movements and communities in the region through the early 20th century up to today.
What's Included
  • Scholar of American art as your guide
What's Not Included
  • Admissions (approx US$15)
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point

We meet in in the arch of the side entrance to Pennsylvania Hospital's Medical Practices Building, which is located on 8th Street between Pine and Spruce Streets. The side entrance is just across from where Delancey Street deadends into 8th Street. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
This is a private tour. The price is per party. You pay a flat fee, and may bring up to five more people.

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with the guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.

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