summary of your impressions of the museum or gallery visit you conducted for the assignment

Provide a summary of your impressions of the museum or gallery visit you conducted for the assignment due in week 10. Recommend tips for making a museum visit (at a physical location or at a virtual Website) a positive experience, especially for first time visitors.


I attached the paper I wrote on Philadelphia Art visit that was submitted in week 10 for reference.






Philadelphia Museum of Art

Stephanie DeFrancisco

Strayer University











Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the biggest and most famous museums in the United States of America. Established in the year 1876, it has been a huge attraction site for people from all walks of life over the years. It is located along 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania State. The most fascinating thing about the museum is its collection of purely art materials. The museum has collections of thousands of magnificent art pieces from all over the world, mostly from the United States and European countries. More than 800,000 thousand people from various parts of the world visit the museum (Derouet, 2013). My classmates and I had the privilege of visiting the museum on the 15th of April 2015 and we had an amazing time at the place.

One of the most interesting art pieces at the Philadelphia Museum of art is the one in which Christ is depicted carrying the cross. This piece was done by the famous artist, Bartolome Esteban Murillo. It was drawn in the 15th century, in the year 1665. The piece draws inspiration from the Biblical narration of the suffering of Christ at the end of His ministerial work on earth. According to the story, Christ was sent to save humankind from their sins. He was sent by God the Father to the earth, born and raised of human parents and would later on be killed by the Jews. His suffering would be the sacrifice for the people’s sins. Murillo depicts Jesus carrying the cross on His shoulders, with a woman (His mother, Mary) standing next to Him, with her hand outstretched. Murillo portrays Mary as if she is questioning her son’s decision to accept the cup of suffering before him. The expressive look on the face of Christ confirms that He was ready to accomplish his mission on earth (du Louvre, 2011).

Another important piece of art at the museum is the portrait of Yarrow Mamout (Muhamad Yaro). The portrait was made by Charles Wilson Peal in 1819. It is a beautiful of Yaro, an African American Muslim man that had just acquired his freedom after working as a slave for the colonialists for many years. In the portrait, Yaro is depicted as being comfortable despite his old age. As the story goes, Yaro had lived in slavery for many years but was finally free. In the picture, he had now acquired a comfortable life; he had his own house and bank stock. These were his fundamental needs as a human being at the time and he appears content with life after many years of suffering.

Peale’s portrait is a demonstration of the diversity of the American people. The country was occupied by people from different backgrounds and all walks of life. The population comprised of people belonging to different races, religion and cultural background. The attire worn by Yaro in the portrait is an indication of the values from his culture; for instance the knit cap was a hat worn by African Muslim men to identify with their religion and identity (Stratton, 2013).

Another piece of art at the museum that caught my eye is one painting subtitled “The Rape”. It was done in the year Edgar Degas in the year 1868. The artist tries to narrate a story about a woman who has been sexually violated. The room with its beautiful wallpaper presents a setting similar to the ones we see in theatrical plays. However, it is a sad story since the poor woman has been deprived of her dignity. She is depicted as being half dressed, with her molester leaning against the wall with neither remorse nor utter care in the world. The story is reminiscent of the Biblical story of Amnon, King David’s son, whose hatred for his sister Tamar led him into sexually assaulting her.

During our visit, the aforementioned pieces are the ones that caught my attention the most. Murillo’s piece in which Christ is depicted carrying the cross fascinated me due to the strong religious affiliation attached to the painting. During Murillo’s time, Christianity had begun to take rot in the country. It was a new religion brought to America by the Europeans. The various missionary groups preached the new religion and put in great effort convert the native communities. Their efforts bore great fruits since Christianity is now the most popular religion in modern day America. Peale’s portrait of Mohamud Yaro caught my attention as it is a reflection of American History.

The current American population is comprised of people from various backgrounds, races and religion. It also reminds us of the struggle to escape from slavery and how the forefathers of the black community lived in suffering. They craved for basic human needs and therefore we should not take for granted the freedom that we enjoy today. Degas’ depiction of “The Rape” reminds us of the vulnerability of women in society and the need to protect them in our communities. Women play a big role in society and we should ensure their safety is protected at all times (Hinton, 2012). The aforementioned reasons made the respective artists very popular in the world of art.







Derouet, C., Gough, M., Papapetros, S., & Wilde, J. (2013). Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis:[exhibition, Modern City, Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 14, 2013-January 5, 2014, Fondazione Musei Civici Di Venezia, Museo Correr, February 8-June 2, 2014]. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

du Louvre, M., Philadelphia Museum of Art, & Detroit Institute of Arts. (2011).Rembrandt and the face of Jesus:[published on the occasion of the exhibition Rembrandt and the face of Jesus… Musée du Louvre, Paris, April 21 to July 18, 2011, Philadelphia Museum of Art, August 3 to October 30, 2011, Detroit Institute of Arts, November 20, 2011 to February 12, 2012]. L. DeWitt (Ed.). Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Stratton, S. L., & Castro, M. A. (Eds.). (2013). Journeys to New Worlds: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art in the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection. Philadelphia museum of art.

Hinton, J. (2012). The Art of German Stoneware, 1300-1900: From the Charles W. Nichols Collection and the Philadelphia Museum of Art;[on the Occasion of the Exhibition The Art of German Stoneware, Philadelphia Museum of Art, May 5-August 5, 2012]. Philadelphia Museum of Art.



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