Went to Hartford, CT to visit the Wadsworth Atheneum for the first time. Founded by Daniel Wadsworth of prominent Hartford family in 1842. Drawn by the current exhibit, Burst of Light, Caravaggio and His Legacy. 5 Caravaggio’s, St. Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, Martha and Mary Magdelen, Salome Receives the Head of St. John the Baptist, The Denial of St. Peter and Saint John the Baptist, and 30 paintings by his followers, the Caravaggisti. Good chance to see some paintings that most people will never have an opportunity to see. The St. Francis is sweet but the John the Baptist is dominent. The museum has a nice collection of European and American painting but I really loved their diverse abstract, impressionist and modern collection including some decorative arts. My favorites were the O’Keefe Clam Shell, Warhol’s Jackie, the Magrittes, a Pollock and several Calder including Praying Mantis. Hudson River School is well represented with Cole, Church and Bierstadt. Café has reasonable prices, decent food and a liquor license. Free docent tours daily.
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