Titian, “Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto,” 1558, oil on canvas, 45 3/16 x 34 15/16 inches

Important selections from one of the finest collections of European art ever to have been formed in the United States by a private collector is currently on view. Including masterpieces by key figures of the Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, and 19th-century American and French masters, this show is one for the ages.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is celebrating the centenary of the remarkable bequest of John Graver Johnson — a distinguished corporate lawyer of his day and one of the era’s most adventurous art collectors — to the city of Philadelphia in 1917. “Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection” — on view now through February 19 — includes masterpieces by key figures of the Renaissance such as Botticelli, Bosch, and Titian; important 17th-century Dutch paintings by Rembrandt, Jan Steen, and others; and works by American and French masters of Johnson’s own time, most notably Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Édouard Manet and Claude Monet.

To learn more, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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