So, I was in Wilmington, Delaware the other weekend. On Saturday, I walked from Brandywine Park to the Delaware Art Museum, which is famous for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and related works. The museum was originally founded to house and preserve the works of Wilmington based illustrator, Howard Pyle, who died in 1911.
On Sunday, I walked through the park and up a set of stairs and wound up at an eighteenth century Presbyterian church which is only open one day month and only for two hours on that day and, by strange coincidence, I walked up there on that day.
My notes are all mixed up, so I’m just going to post a bunch of pictures up and make whatever comments I want in the caption.
This is from the church, obviously
You can see the date of its construction written in ‘brick’ on the side
The classic colonial pulpit
A quintessential subject (Lilith) by the quintessential Pre-Raphaelite artist (Rossetti)
‘Hymenaeus,’ by Edward Burnes-Jones
I took a picture of this just because of the salon style display of the works
Another example of how charmingly welcoming this museum is!
Most museums won’t let you sit in the nice chairs in the galleries
Another very Rossetti-like Rossetti… they did love red-haired women
From the Pre-Raphaelite gallery; I should note that the museum took a wonderfully liberal view of photographs; no flash, of course, but if the museum owned the piece, you are welcome to snap away
What I like best is that the man is smiling despite his burden; protecting children is inherently rewarding
This is a great Motherwell, but also exemplifies the challenge of the smaller, regional museum; how does one work around having an eclectic collection that doesn’t really illustrate a movement or artist? What good is one Motherwell, in a way?
Completely random, but cool – a set of Art Deco elevator doors!