When I was in Connecticut last month, I got the opportunity to go to the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest museum in the United States. My friends and I visited the museum on a Sunday afternoon and went on one of the free docent tours. The particular docent spent approximately an hour and a half informing us of the museum’s Renaissance to Romantic European paintings, more much than the requisite 30-minute allotment. Following are some of my favorites, as well as a sampling of what this museum has to offer. Click to enlarge the pictures.
–Norman Rockwell, The Young Lady with the Shiner, 1953,
oil on canvas, 34 x 30 in.
Having gone to Catholic school and my friend always in trouble, we could relate to the above painting.
–Jackson Pollock, Number 9, 1949, oil on canvas, 44.25 x 34 in.
–Giovanni Paolo Panini, Interior of a Picture Gallery
with the collection Cardinal Silvio valenti Gonzaga, 1749,
oil on canvas, 78 x 105.5 in.
I like the Panini painting above because he had to recreate about 200 paintings in miniature.
–Jan Sanders van Hemessen, Loose Company, 1543,
oil on canvas, 33 x 46.5 in.
There really is a lot going on in Loose Company. The background on the other side of the door is supposed to be some time before the front scene. The cat stood out to me, and I never noticed the dog until later.
–Duane Hanson, Sunbather, 1971, polyester and fiberglass
polychromed in oil, 71 in. length
–Albert Bierstadt, In the Mountains, 1867,
oil on canvas, 36.1875 x 50.25 in.
The museum has an extensive collection from the Hudson River School and is probably most known for these paintings.