If you've been on a Rosenbach house tour, you know that our walls are hung thick with paintings by Thomas Sully, the talented and prolific 19th-century Philadelphia artist. A major new exhibition, Thomas Sully: Painted Performance, opens today at the Milwaukee Art Museum and four Rosenbach paintings have traveled west to be part of it: two portraits of Rebecca Gratz, the portrait of Fanny Kemble, and the large painting of a child on the sea side. As the MAM site explains, the exhibit explores Sully's "lifelong connection to and love of the theatre and literature," so our paintings will feel right at home and will be in excellent company. The exhibit was co-curated by William Rudolph of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Carol Soltis of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Our director, Derick Dreher, travelled out to Milwaukee for the opening, and as you can see, he found it very exciting.
Here is Derick again, flanked by our two lovely Rebeccas.
And here is an interior shot from Derick.
San Antonio Museum of Art from February 7 to May 14. It's great to be able to bring a bit of the Rosenbach to these audiences in other cities. If any Rosen-blog readers have a chance to see the exhibit, we'd love to hear your thoughts.
Kathy Haas is the Associate Curator at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.