Half-Day Seminar Tour of American Art in Philadelphia

Half-Day Seminar Tour of American Art in Philadelphia

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What You'll Do
  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of the development of fine art in early America
  • Visit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest art museum and academy in the United States
  • View portraits of revolutionary heroes and 18th century Federal statesman at the Second Bank Portrait Gallery
  • Enjoy discussions about important Philadelphia artists of the early 19th century and the institutions they founded
  • See historic Pennsylvania Hospital
Take part in a small-group tour of American art, including a visit of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Second Bank Portrait Gallery, as we turn our attention to the important artists of the early 19th century.
What to Expect
This 3-hour walking seminar, led by a scholar in American art, focuses on the important artists of the early 19th century and the institutions which they founded in Philadelphia.

We will begin our discussion outside Independence Hall where Charles Willson Peale displayed his growing collection of art in what is generally considered the first modern museum. Focusing on Peale's portrait gallery hanging in the historic Second U.S. Bank, we will discuss early American portraiture. We will also address how the institutionalization of American 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 as well as national identities.

Our walk will then take us to Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the first successful art academy in the United States. Here we will encounter major works by Peale, along with works by other Pennsylvania artists in the Academy's collection of American art. We'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.
What's Included
  • Guide services of a scholar of American art
What's Not Included
  • Museum admissions (approximately USD 15.00)
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point

Tours are conducted daily, exluding Mondays. We meet in the arch of the side entrance to Pennsylvania Hospital's Medical Practices Building, located on 8th Street between Pine Street and Spruce Street at 10:00 AM.

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.

No tours are held on New Year's Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Context walks can be canceled 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 our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. 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. toll-free number may not be honored.

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