|Gallery 297 – Drawing Room from the Lansdowne House, London, England, c.1766-75, designed by Robert Adam with decorations by Giovanni Battista Cipriani.|
The down side is paintings tend to get lost among all that furniture, wallpaper, drapery and ornate moldings. To make matters worse, some entire rooms are hidden because they're off to the side or just get lost in the confusing layout of the galleries. So this visit I was determined to make a concerted effort to dig out paintings I overlooked in the past — and it was like discovering a whole new great art museum!
|Gallery 262, Room with Paneling in the Jacobean Style, made in England, c.1625.|
|Rembrandt, Head of Christ, c. 1648-56, oil on panel, 14 x 12 ½ inches (Gallery 262).|
|Thomas Gainsborough, Pastoral Landscape (Rocky Mountain Valley with a Shepherd, Sheep, and Goats), c. 1783, oil on canvas, 40 ⅜ x 50 ⅜ inches (Gallery 277).|
From the fields he brought into his painting-room, stumps of trees, weeds, and animals of various kinds; and designed them, not from memory, but immediately from the objects. He even framed a kind of model of landscape, on his table; composed of broken stones, dried herbs, and pieces of looking glass, which he magnified and improved into rocks, trees, and water.
|Delacroix, The Death of Sardanapalus, 1844, oil on canvas, 29 x 32 ½ inches (Gallery 299).|
|Jacopo Pontormo, Portrait of Alessandro de' Medici, 1534-35, oil on panel, 40 x 32 inches (Gallery 251).|
|Agnolo Bronzino, Portrait of Cosimo l de' Medici as Orpheus, c. 1537-39, oil on panel, 37 x 30 inches (Gallery 250).|
And finally, speaking of hidden masterpieces, next to the Barnes on the way up the hill to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, there is an entire museum that's relatively unknown – the Rodin Museum. Definitely worth checking out,
|The Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 19130.|
|Auguste Rodin, The Gates of Hell, modeled 1880-1917, cast 1926-28, bronze, about 21 x 13 x 3 feet.|