The Barnes Foundation is an incredibly impressive gallery of art founded by Albert Barnes in 1922; Barnes was a chemist who made a fortune developing an anti-gonorrhea drug. His wealth allowed him to visit Paris and learn to love art, and he sunk much of his funds into collecting fine art.
The majority of the collection is of Impressionist and Modernist art, but all periods are represented, and many of the world’s most famous artists have paintings on the Barnes Foundation’s walls. There is a particular fine collection of Renoir and Cezanne, but there are also works by Rubens, Gaugin, Degas, Monet, Manet, van Gogh, El Greco, Matisse, and Picasso. There is also a collection of African art on display. The museum has beautifully landscaped gardens, a gift shop, and a particularly fine restaurant.
Contact: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Phone: 215-278-7000
Photo: The Barnes Foundation
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