Once the Grand Loop of the Mid-West is complete, this Grand Tour of the East requires some airline reservations and a few train tickets. And a lot of time.
Day 9: A plane ticket to Washington, D.C for the National Gallery of Art and a Mantegna.
And the permanent collection of paintings that spans Middle Ages to present day – the Italian Renaissance collection (Botticelli, Giorgione, Bellini, Titian, Raphael and the only Leonardo painting in the Americas), other European collections (Grünewald, Cranach the Elder, Van der Weyden, Dürer, Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Goya, Ingres, and Delacroix), the collection of sculpture and decorative arts (Rodin and Degas). That could take a day or two.
Mon-Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 11 – 6 pm
Day 10: From DC’s Union Station, a train ticket will get me to Baltimore’s Penn Station and a bus towards 3 Inner Harbor (5 mins, 5 stops) will get me to Walters Art Museum for a Bigot and Sirani. Also a Vasters‘ pendant.
Although there is much to see here, I will probably linger among late 19th century French academic masters and Impressionists – Monet, Sisley, Manet, Sèvres porcelain, Art Nouveau jewelry by René Lalique, Fabergé, and Tiffany, as well as 19th-century European art by Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, Millet, Rousseau, Gérôme and Alma-Tadema.
Mon-Tues – closed; Wed-Sun 10 am – 5 pm
Day 11: A train ticket to Philadelphia 30th Street Station will give me the option to walk or take the 38 Bus to the The Philadelphia Art Museum – home to over 225,000 objects, spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those of Asia since the third millennium BC. My goal: stained glass from Sainte-Chapelle. After I run up the front steps like Rocky.
Mon – closed; Tues-Sun: 10 am – 5 pm; Fri: 10 am – 8:45 pm
Day 12: A detour by train is required to Princeton, NJ in order to see the amazing Judith by Wtewael in the Princeton University Art Museum, by transfer to the shuttle (the “Dinky”) to the Princeton Station,
Back to the train and on to NYC‘s Penn Station. Big Apple, here I come.
Day 13: I think i will spring for a hotel and a cab to the first stop: The Metropolitan Museum of Art where I can find five Judith’s: Sheldon tapestry, Cranach the Elder, Tenier the Younger, Stanzione, and Constant. Among all the other treasures at the MMA.
Mon – closed; Tues-Thurs, Sun 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; Fri-Sat 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Day 14: But there is more in The City: a few blocks up the street is the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum – which houses 250,000 design objects including lace depicting Judith slaying Holofernes. Sure, lace that depicts a beheading … that’s something every woman would love to wear.
Mon-Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun noon – 6 pm
A trip is also required to MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) to visit the incomparable Lovis Corinth. Along with important and familiar works such as: van Gogh, (OMG!! Starry Night), Matisse, Dalí, Mondrian, Rousseau, Chagall, Picasso, Warhol, Gauguin, Monet, Matisse, Cézanne, Pollock, Wyeth, Kahlo. And the incomparable Cindy Sherman. Dang, that list makes me reel.
Tues – closed; Wed-Mon 10:30 am – 5:30 pm; Fri 10:30 am – 8 pm
Then there is Berkeley College Gallery – not to be confused with a school in CA – where I can view Sailor‘s Judith. Glad they are open late.
Mon – Fri: 9am to 7pm; Sat: 9am to 3pm
Mon-Tues – closed; Wed-Sun 11 am – 6 pm; Thurs 11 am – 10 pm
Day 16: Back to Penn Station, I can get a train ticket to Hartford, CT (2 hours, 20 min) and walk half a mile to Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – the oldest public art museum in the United States. And a chance to visit my first Gentileschi – Orazio, that is. And my first Caravaggio, St. Francis in Ecstasy.
Mon-Tues – closed; Wed-Fri 11 am – 5 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am – 5 pm; first Thurs 11 am – 8 pm
Day 17: The longest leg is 4.5 hours on a train from Hartford to Boston, then a quick walk to the Green Line “E” train to the stop for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. There are three Judith’s in this museum: a Massys, another Stanzione and another statue by Giovanni della Robbia. Might have to look into the Egyptian, Chinese and Japanese exhibits which are some of the largest in the world.
Sat – Tue 10 am – 4:45 pm; Wed–Fri 10 am – 9:45 pm
Day 18: For the side trip to Wellesley from South Station, I need to take the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail for 30 minutes to the Wellesley Square stop (one-way fare is $5.25 purchased at South Station). Up the stairs and call a taxi for $4 to the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. On the grounds of highly selective women’s liberal arts college – setting for Mona Lisa Smile – this museum houses a Sellaer.
Mon – closed; Tue-Sat 11 am – 5 pm; Wed 11 am – 8 pm; Sun 12 pm – 4 pm
Day 19: Back to Boston and then home. To rest.