“First Academies: Benjamin West and the Founding of the Royal Academy of Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts”

Art, Painting Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts , Middle City East Until Sunday June 3 2018
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“First Academies: Benjamin West and the Founding of the Royal Academy of Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts”
Barbara Katus

Sixty paintings, drawings, sculptures and more tell the story of Benjamin West and his role in the creation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London 250 years ago, and later in Philly’s own Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Both institutions have provided tutelage to an impressive roster of masters, such as Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Mary Cassatt and even David Lynch.

Works include the one you see above, Penn’s Treaty With the Indians, which West exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1772. According to a rep at PAFA, “It represents West’s commitment to history painting and his role in modernizing the genre to encompass works from recent history rather than adhering to the tradition of painting scenes from antiquity and the Bible.

By: Josh Middleton

Venue name: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
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Address: 118–128 N Broad St
Philadelphia
19102
Cross street: at Cherry St
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat, Sun 11am–5pm
Price: $15
Event website: https://www.pafa.org/
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