“Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection”

Art, Masterpiece
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Antonello da Messina's Portrait of a Young Gentleman at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photograph: Antonello da Messina

John G. Johnson was a formidable Philadelphia attorney in his day, representing some of the biggest companies of the time. He put those paychecks to good use, building an extraordinary private collection of European art. Though his will stipulated that his collection remain in his South Broad Street mansion upon his death in 1917, it ended up at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. More than 90 works of Johnson’s collection are on display, including gems by Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt and Monet.

By: Sarah Jordan

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