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Charles Willson Peale and His Family at Belfield, March 1- April 30, 2010

From September 2009 to May 2010, La Salle University is celebrating the bicentennial of Charles Willson Peale’s purchase of Belfield Farm, where the famous American painter lived and worked from 1810-1821 and since 1984 the office of the University’s President. To mark the occasion, the La Salle University Art Museum is hosting the exhibition Charles Willson Peale and his Family at Belfield from March 1 – April 30, 2010, with artworks by Charles Willson Peale and the most prominent artists in his family, including his brother James, his children Rembrandt, Titian, Rubens and Raphaelle, his niece Sarah Miriam as well as his grand-daughter Mary Jane. The exhibition draws attention not only to Belfield, an important, but little-known historic site in Philadelphia, where the artist lived and worked for well over fifteen years, but also to Peale’s varied pursuits, examining the degree to which these interests affected and shaped those of his offspring.

The Museum is drawing its loans primarily from local institutions, including the Germantown Historical Society, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the American Philosophical Society, the Berman Museum at Ursinus College as well as a number of private collectors. These loans will be supplemented with works from the Museum’s own permanent collection, including Charles Willson Peale’s portrait of David Gelston, Rembrandt Peale’s Self-Portrait, James Peale’s portrait of Emily Ann Rush, and a charming still life drawing by Charles Willson’s granddaughter, Mary Jane Peale. The exhibition will highlight the enormous strength and diversity of works by Peale and his family in Philadelphia collections.

The Museum has invited two well-known speakers to present lectures in conjunction with the show, including Carol E. Soltis and Robert McCracken Peck. Dr. Soltis, Project Associate Curator for the Peale Collection Catalogue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will give the inaugural lecture on March 2nd. Soltis is a Peale expert and is currently working on a book on the combined Philadelphia Museum of Art and McNeil Collections (Promised Gift to PMA) of works by the Peale Family. Her lecture,“ To ‘breathe a purer air’: Charles Willson Peale’s Belfield years, 1810-1821” will focus on the style of the artwork created by the Peales c. 1810-1826.  On April 8, Robert McCracken Peck, Senior Fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences will present “Ordering the Cosmos: Charles Wilson Peale and the Philadelphia Museum.” This lecture will give the audience a better understanding of Peale’s objectives for his museum and also will focus on Charles Willson and his sons as naturalists.

The La Salle University Art Museum is located on the lower level of Olney Hall on the campus of La Salle University at 19th St. and Olney Ave. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.  The museum is open most Sundays from 2-4PM during the Spring Semester. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Classes and group visits by appointment. Special tours can be arranged. For further information call 215-951-1221 or visit our website at http://www.lasalle.edu/museum.

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