Old masters rewarded observant art critics by hiding things in their paintings, such as discreet self-portraits and lewd caricatures of the queen. Redeem art history with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $12 for admission for two adults (up to a $24 value)
- $12 for two adult admissions, valid for two separate visits (up to a $24 value)
Until September 15, 2013, the Delaware Museum of Art will feature more than 100 vintage prints by French photographers from 1910–1940, which is considered the golden age of French photography. Dubbed French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray, the exhibit explores the ingenuity of the country's native and immigrant photographers through works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ilse Bing, Brassaï, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, and other masters of the movement. Beginning October 12, 2013, American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O'Keefe to Rockwell will showcase 57 paintings and sculptures that illustrate the changes in American art and culture through the first half of the 20th century.
Admission is free on Sunday.
Delaware Art Museum
Howard Pyle's unexpected death in 1912 brought a group of artists, entrepreneurs, and businessmen together to grieve their friend. They couldn't let the artist's passion for teaching and illustration disappear as quickly as he had; so, they decided to form the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts with the sole purpose of preserving his legacy. They gathered funds from locals who felt just as strongly as they did—family members, friends, students, fans—and purchased approximately 100 pieces of his artwork.
Little did they know that, with these 100 pieces, they were starting something greater than a memorial for a good friend. The Wilmington Society of Fine Arts would, over time, add more and more artwork to its collection, growing into an 80,000-square-foot space and out of its original name. The Delaware Art Museum, as its called today, now counts more than 12,000 works of art as part of its collection. Permanent features showcase British pre-Raphaelites, the urban landscapes of John Sloan, modern American art, and, of course, Howard Pyle. The masterpieces don't stop when visitors venture outside—the Copeland Sculpture Garden adorns its lush natural scenery with nine works from the museum's permanent collection, along with a massive outdoor labyrinth.