Tuesday, December 10, 2019

At the Barnes

One of the other things we did in Philadelphia, was to visit the Barnes Foundation, which is a museum containing the entire collection of mostly Impressionistic paintings collected by Albert C. Barnes, starting back in 1912.  On the way in to the museum, I stopped to see this sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly called the "Barnes Totem."  It is a huge sculpture of stainless steel.  The museum itself is really interesting because Albert Barnes had all his paintings on display in his mansion in a suburb of Philadelphia.  The paintings were all moved to this brand new museum filled with exact replicas of each room in his mansion, with the paintings in the exact position they were in, in his home.


Anonymous said...

It must have been fascinating to view the rooms and paintings as Barnes home had been. I checked Wikipedia about the Barnes Foundation. At one point he had over 900 paintings! Amazing works of art.

Ken Spencer said...

Hi Joan: That's so cool that you checked Albert Barnes on Wikipedia. It is an amazing story, and I didn't have room to tell more about it.

Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing as I read your blog post. Will definitely be looking up more information about Albert Barnes. betsey