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While my years of art history in college never produced any income, they have given me a lifetime of pleasure. When traveling, I try to visit museums if time allows. Such was the case on a recent business trip to Philadelphia.
After 2+ hours in the main building, I went to see the Gross Clinic. I was physically and mentally tired, and expected to breeze through the exhibit but was I in for a surprise.
I was astonished by my reaction to "Seeing the Gross Clinic Anew." Not only was the exhibit fascinating from an art historical and conservation perspective but the picture is one of the most beautifully painted and compelling paintings I have ever seen. Four or five times, I exited the gallery only to return for "one last look."
There is a short list of paintings that have caused such visceral and emotional reactions for me -- Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon at MOMA, and van Eyck's The Annunciation at the National Gallery to name but two.
I came away with a new and profound appreciation for Eakins's brilliance as an artist and I am awed by the scholarship and skill shown by the restoration team. In a city with many great things to see, this is truly a masterpiece.
Thank you, Philadelphia, for keeping this painting where it belongs, restoring its greatness and sharing it with the world.
John - 9.20.2010 - 4:46 PM
An Eakins Masterpiece Restored: Seeing The Gross Clinic Anew does an excellent job at highlighting the original viewing context, Eakins' artistic techniques, the restored painting, and the various conservation efforts. The flow of the exhibition provokes one to return to the work again and again. Through the process of close looking, the exhibition will encourage you to, indeed, see The Gross Clinic Anew. Additionally, you'll start to consider larger issues regarding how art historical knowledge is associated with the physical condition of works and how that relates to the notion of authenticity. In addition to being a great show for those enamored with American art, An Eakins Masterpiece Restored... is an essential exhibition to see for everyone who studies and enjoys art.
you'll be thinking about all art anew.
artstuffmatters - 9.19.2010 - 7:47 PM
Amazing the way the museum transformed the gallery space. This is a MUST SEE exhibition.
Anonymous - 7.31.2010 - 10:54 AM
This exhibition presents not only a beautifully restored Gross Clinic but a well edited retrospective of Thomas Eakins' work. Walking through the Penn Gallery, you get a sense of Eakins' quiet, compelling realism. The exhibition also sets a new precedent in presenting both the Gross Clinic and the later Agnew Clinic together, giving you an opportunity to see both how Eakins' approached the same subject in two different ways and how medicine itself advanced in the time between the two paintings. The exhibition serves as a testament to the greatness of a Philadelphia artist and to the pride of his city in fighting to hold on to his masterpiece.
Alexandra - 7.23.2010 - 11:31 AM