Brandywine River Museum
An added surprise was the opportunity to meet a local who posed for one of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings (motorcyclist at stop light). We also met Victoria Wyeth who shared many insights about Andrew Wyeth, debunking much of what the “expert” art critics were saying about his work. Art critics often look for all these deep subtle meanings for every detail in a painting, analyzing it to death, when the artist may have simply loved the effects of light falling on an object or the bull in the field got too close and he had to stop painting! Sometimes the artist will include extra meaning to an image – for example, NC Wyeth’s book illustration for King Arthur shows a knight blowing a trumpet for a royal proclamation [illustration top right]. NC Wyeth completed this painting on the day his son Andrew was born, announcing his birth. 🙂
Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery
The other art museum we visited was on the campus of Bob Jones University. We toured the museum while taking Heather (3rd yr.) and Sarah (1st yr.) to start school at BJU the end of August.
BJU has the second largest collection of religious art in the world, second only to the Vatican. Most of the artwork was purchased immediately after WWII when many churches in Europe (especially Italy) were destroyed and they needed the money to repair the churches or had nowhere to put the priceless artwork, etc.. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind having them back now!
Of the hundreds of masterpieces, there was one painting that stood out for me. This is the only painting I’ve seen from this period in church history that focused on Joseph and brought out the love of a father for his son.
[St. Joseph and the Christ Child by Carlos Francesco Nuvolone, 1609-1662.]
If you get to BJU at the right time of year try to attend the Living Gallery, when the students create exact duplicates of certain paintings or sculptures in the gallery using actors and having 2D artwork transform and come to life on stage.
You can also read about my visit to the Bern Museum earlier this year marking the 100th anniversary of Albert Anker, another artist near the top of my favorite artists list.