Author Archives: Elizabeth Haff

A Visit to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

On a recent blustery, cold, and snow-showery day, my husband and I had a chance to visit the Barnes Foundation in its new location in Philadelphia. Located near the Franklin Institute, the building is just a stone’s throw away from the newly renovated Rodin Museum, and a short walk from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Due to the small size and popularity of the Barnes Foundation, visitors are encouraged to schedule their visit in advance.… Read More

Home to Hungary and Back Again: The Travels of a József Rippl-Rónai Painting

When I first saw the painting Figures in a Field, it jumped out as having an animated, almost pointillist brush stroke, and a Post-Impressionist palette. It was clearly the work of an accomplished artist, yet when it was taken in with a large consignment of artworks, furniture, and decorative items, it was unattributed, and listed simply as an oil landscape.

Seeing Triple: The Mystery of Three Identical Rubens Paintings

I was seeing triple – or at least that was what it seemed like. Three versions of the exact same Rubens portrait hung on the wall. This was quite unusual for the Skinner Paintings department; to have three copies of the same painting at the same time. All three were based on a self-portrait by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640). The original painting remains part of the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. It is signed and dated 1623, commissioned by Henry Danvers, Earl of Danby, as a gift to the Price of Wales, later King Charles I.

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