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Delaware Art Museum

The Delaware Art Museum is an art museum located on the Kentmere Parkway in Wilmington, Delaware, which holds a collection of more than 12,000 … See more

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Nov 16, 2022
The museum's permanent collection is wonderful. The outside sculpture garden was enjoyed by all. After the art visit we stopped in the cafe for a light and delicious. dessert. We are planning to r… Full review by catherinedA9466JD
Oct 23, 2022
Two visits to the DAM & we're still impressed w/ its collection & sculpture garden. Excellent cafe is a plus, & worth a visit on its own. Full review by Marilyn M
Jul 13, 2022
This is simply a fantastic museum that has something for every art lover and historian. The cafe is pleasant, and the gift shop is better than most. Admission is free on Sundays. Parking is a littl… Full review by Dave C

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Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art
Founded in 1912 in honor of the recently deceased local illustrator Howard Pyle, the Delaware Art Museum soon grew from a fledgling collection to the museum it is today. It now houses 12,000 pieces, with a particular emphasis on American and pre-Raphaelite art. Its collection of pre-Raphaelite art—the largest collection outside the United Kingdom—introduces visitors to an obscure chapter in art history. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was developed by young British painters in the 1840s who felt like the art of the time was too inspired by the classical Renaissance artist Raphael. Instead, they wanted art to focus more on the works of the Quattrocento, the period from 1400 to 1499. Unfortunately for the Brotherhood, it did not last long. It disbanded when a controversy erupted after one of its founding members, John Millais, painted a picture of Christ and his family that many deemed blasphemous and “backwards” for its medieval style. Even the writer Charles Dickens criticized the work, saying his rendition of Mary was ugly and that his work made the whole Holy Family look like alcoholics. Though their movement disbanded, the Pre-Raphaelites still continued producing work. Their legacy was further enhanced by the other artists who created works inspired by the original PRB. Some of those works now hang on the walls of the Delaware Art Museum, which acquired its collection of Pre-Raphaelite art from the wealthy textile miller Samuel Bancroft. It has since been added on to over the years. In addition to all the marvelous artwork housed inside—including the Persian Windows and the extremely detailed Queen’s Closet, an intricate work that memorializes the six wives of the infamous King Henry VIII,—the museum also has a peaceful sculpture garden, with quite a few pieces on display. One of visitors’ favorite items is the wonderful glass piece by renowned glassblower Dale Chihuly. It consists of several large, delicate, and beautiful pieces of blown glass mounted on beams that catch the sunlight through the clear, colored surfaces of the glass backdrop.
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