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Experiencing Art The Barnes Way

The Art Scene
Renoir’s “Before the Bath,” in a wall ensemble, photograph by Pierre Matisse; From the Barnes Foundation Archives; Reproduced from the Barnes Foundation’s “Masterworks,” an overview of the entire collection

The Barnes Foundation, that incomparable collection of paintings, artifacts, furniture and all sorts of hand-crafted objects, moved to its new and controversial home in central Philadelphia in May 2012. It left behind the Merion mansion Albert C. Barnes, physician and self-made millionaire, built to house his collection and shield it from the art establishment he hated. The art now resides within a tasteful, rectilinear building designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

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