Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon to the Delaware Art Museum, located in the Brandywine Valley in Wilmington. The Delaware Art Museum is a private, non-profit organization boasting an extensive collection of American art and illustrations, as well as their British pre-Raphaelite counterparts, which are similar in style but tend to sneak tea, crumpets, and left lanes of highways into their compositions. Current exhibitions include On Assignment: American Illustration 1850–1950 (open until February 20, 2011), which showcases illustrations from American books and magazines from the mid-19th to mid-20th century, and Leonard Baskin: Art from the Gift of Alfred Appel, Jr. (open until January 9, 2011), which features 50 gut-wrenching drawings, prints, watercolor paintings, and more by Leonard Baskin. Use today’s Groupon for aesthetically ascendant eyeball exercises and visually resplendent dates that aren’t interrupted by the wandering gazes of Renaissance paintings.
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.
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