Shimmering light refracted through a talented prism is the essence of Impressionist painting. But, as shown in a stellar exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art called Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, had it not been for one uniquely perceptive, hard-working Parisian dealer, the movement might have faded away like the clouds in a Monet sky.
Museums encourage discovery in unexpected ways, often about the unexpected itself. These seven galleries around the world display the likes of history’s unusual, unpredictable, and oft un-celebrated.
A venerable row of cultural institutions line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The cultural landscape on this nearly two-kilometre stretch is impressive, but it’s a museum on 22nd Street in the Rittenhouse Square neighbourhood that is the city’s trade secret.
They say that what you see is what you get, but in the case of Galileo, it would be centuries before what we got was what he saw.