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Classical Splendor

Philadelphia Museum of Art


Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House

‘Classical Splendor’ showcases a suite of furniture designed in 1808 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe for the house of Philadelphia merchant William Waln and his wife, Mary. Inspired by the classical art of ancient Greece and Rome, the painted and gilded furniture is one of the greatest artistic triumphs of the early national period. This exhibition will present ten pieces from the Walns’ original set—all from the Museum’s collection—in a new light after comprehensive research and conservation treatment. Read more.

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