A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre

Exhibition Info
Historic Landmark Building
Curators
Robert Cozzolino, Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art
Anna O. Marley, Curator of Historical American Art
By setting Morse's painting in an environment that mirrored what is shown in the picture, a fascinating tale is told about art education, mentorship and practice, and learning from historical art

A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre told a fascinating tale about art education, mentorship and practice, and learning from historical art. The Morse installation set the painting into an environment that mirrored what is shown in the picture. While the Morse painting was on one side of the gallery with objects that helped provide a broader context for the themes of artistic practice and identity, the other half of the gallery was hung salon-style with paintings from the Museum's collection that highlight the four academic genres taught and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in the first half of the 19th century. In the fall of 2012, PAFA also highlighted its own tradition of copying from the masters by holding its demanding copy class in the museum, giving visitors an opportunity to encounter a gallery installed like the one depicted by Morse as well as actively used by artists in the same way represented in Morse's painting.

Installation View of A New Look featuring Samuel F. B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre, 1831-33, Terra Foundation for American Art
Installation View of A New Look featuring Samuel F. B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre, 1831-33, Terra Foundation for American Art
Installation view of A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre, 2013, Photo by Barbara Katus
Installation view of A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre, 2013, Photo by Barbara Katus
Installation view of A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre, 2013, Photo by Barbara Katus
Installation view of A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre, 2013, Photo by Barbara Katus

Sponsors

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This exhibition is underwritten by a grant and loan of artwork by the Terra Foundation for American Art. 

PAFA's special exhibitions in 2012-13 are supported by generous contributions from Max N. Berry, Esq., Donald and Linda Caldwell, Jonathan L. Cohen, and Lori Levine Ordover and Janusz Ordover.

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ public programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency).

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General operating support provided, in part, by The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

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