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Baltimore Museum of Art - excellent collection and free!

The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914 and is adjacent to the campus of Johns Hopkins; admission is free although during Covid timed tickets are required and were sold out every day of my visit

The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914 and is adjacent to the campus of Johns Hopkins; admission is free although during Covid timed tickets are required and were sold out every day of my visit

There are 24 pavements from the Antioch (formerly Syria, now present-day Turkey) mosaics, these are from the 2nd century AD; in an excellent museum, I found these ancient works the most impressive

There are 24 pavements from the Antioch (formerly Syria, now present-day Turkey) mosaics, these are from the 2nd century AD; in an excellent museum, I found these ancient works the most impressive

Purple Robe and Anemones, Henri Matisse, 1937; the museum has the largest collection of Matisse works in the country (1000 ) as well as one of the nation's finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs

Purple Robe and Anemones, Henri Matisse, 1937; the museum has the largest collection of Matisse works in the country (1000+) as well as one of the nation's finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, 1922; a wonderful work from the artist's Neoclassical period with Picasso's wife and son serving as models

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, 1922; a wonderful work from the artist's Neoclassical period with Picasso's wife and son serving as models

Cup of Silver Ginger, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1939; marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, all twenty-two exhibitions in 2020 focused on women artists

Cup of Silver Ginger, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1939; marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, all twenty-two exhibitions in 2020 focused on women artists

Pair of Covered Tea Cannisters, 1725; Dutch artists were imitating Asian ceramics which were very popular in Europe at the time; the Dutch essentially reverse engineered the Asian pieces

Pair of Covered Tea Cannisters, 1725; Dutch artists were imitating Asian ceramics which were very popular in Europe at the time; the Dutch essentially reverse engineered the Asian pieces

The BMA silver collection began in 1933 with a gift of 200 pieces from the great-niece of Johns Hopkins; today there are several galleries devoted to fine 18th, 19th and 20th century silver

The BMA silver collection began in 1933 with a gift of 200 pieces from the great-niece of Johns Hopkins; today there are several galleries devoted to fine 18th, 19th and 20th century silver

Housetop, Lucy Pettway, 1970; in 1965 quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama were tear-gassed and arrested while demonstrating their right to vote; afterwards they formed the Freedom Quilting Bee which has achieved worldwide fame

Housetop, Lucy Pettway, 1970; in 1965 quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama were tear-gassed and arrested while demonstrating their right to vote; afterwards they formed the Freedom Quilting Bee which has achieved worldwide fame

Washerwomen, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1888; in 2012, Paysage Bords de Seine, a Renoir stolen from the museum, resurfaced after being lost for 63 years sparking a lengthy legal battle over ownership

Washerwomen, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1888; in 2012, Paysage Bords de Seine, a Renoir stolen from the museum, resurfaced after being lost for 63 years sparking a lengthy legal battle over ownership

The Antioch mosaics illustrate how the classical art of Greece and Rome evolved into the art of the early Christian era, and tell the story of how people lived in this ancient city prior to its destruction by earthquakes in 526 and 528 AD

The Antioch mosaics illustrate how the classical art of Greece and Rome evolved into the art of the early Christian era, and tell the story of how people lived in this ancient city prior to its destruction by earthquakes in 526 and 528 AD

Moon Dust, Spencer Finch, 2009; 417 LED lightbulbs mimic the patterns of molecules in moon dust; the heavier the element, the larger the bulb with the bulbs set at precise intervals

Moon Dust, Spencer Finch, 2009; 417 LED lightbulbs mimic the patterns of molecules in moon dust; the heavier the element, the larger the bulb with the bulbs set at precise intervals

Quay at Clichy, Paul Signac, 1887; the BMA's holdings of American decorative arts include an extensive furniture collection that represents the major historic cabinetmaking centers of Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston

Quay at Clichy, Paul Signac, 1887; the BMA's holdings of American decorative arts include an extensive furniture collection that represents the major historic cabinetmaking centers of Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston

Unraveling, Sonya Clark, 2015; in pre-Covid times the artist asked visitors to continue unraveling the flag as a metaphor for unraveling racial dynamics in the country

Unraveling, Sonya Clark, 2015; in pre-Covid times the artist asked visitors to continue unraveling the flag as a metaphor for unraveling racial dynamics in the country

Dancer at Pigalles, Gino Severini, 1912; I had never heard of this Futurist painter before but was drawn to this work; I thought he captured the essence of movement by a dancer quite artistically

Dancer at Pigalles, Gino Severini, 1912; I had never heard of this Futurist painter before but was drawn to this work; I thought he captured the essence of movement by a dancer quite artistically

Delusions of Grandeur, Rene Magrite, 1967; this bronze, similar to Russian matryoshka dolls, was completed late in the artist's life (he is best known for his Surrealist paintings)

Delusions of Grandeur, Rene Magrite, 1967; this bronze, similar to Russian matryoshka dolls, was completed late in the artist's life (he is best known for his Surrealist paintings)

Portrait of a Gentleman, Titian, 1561; a famous art critic of the Renaissance commented that there was almost no famous lord, nor prince, nor great woman, who was not painted by Titian

Portrait of a Gentleman, Titian, 1561; a famous art critic of the Renaissance commented that there was almost no famous lord, nor prince, nor great woman, who was not painted by Titian

Still Life with Grapes, Fruits and Flowers, Jan van Os, 1780; I was struck by the realistic portrayal here where the brush strokes were virtually undetectable

Still Life with Grapes, Fruits and Flowers, Jan van Os, 1780; I was struck by the realistic portrayal here where the brush strokes were virtually undetectable

The Young Draftsman, unknown artist, around 1775; I thought this painting was exceptional; what would the artist think if he knew his painting was in a famous museum today

The Young Draftsman, unknown artist, around 1775; I thought this painting was exceptional; what would the artist think if he knew his painting was in a famous museum today

Don Antonio Raimundo Ibanez, Francisco Jose de Goya, 1808; the artist recorded the foibles of the corrupt court of King Charles IV of Spain; Ibanez was assassinated not long after this portrait was made

Don Antonio Raimundo Ibanez, Francisco Jose de Goya, 1808; the artist recorded the foibles of the corrupt court of King Charles IV of Spain; Ibanez was assassinated not long after this portrait was made

100 Yard Dash, Alexander Calder, 1969; the adjacent sculpture garden was in a nice park-like setting but I found most of the pieces pretty boring

100 Yard Dash, Alexander Calder, 1969; the adjacent sculpture garden was in a nice park-like setting but I found most of the pieces pretty boring

Titus, the Artist's Son, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660; the museum was turning away lots of visitors that arrived without realizing that a timed ticket was required

Titus, the Artist's Son, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660; the museum was turning away lots of visitors that arrived without realizing that a timed ticket was required

The Interior of the Old Church at Delft, Hendrick van Vliet, 1658; the Old Church in Delft still looks just like this so it brought back memories of my visit a few years ago

The Interior of the Old Church at Delft, Hendrick van Vliet, 1658; the Old Church in Delft still looks just like this so it brought back memories of my visit a few years ago

Jacob Epstein, Sir William Orpen, 1927; Epstein was a Lithuanian immigrant who arrived in Baltimore in 1879 and became a successful businessman and art collector who bequeathed his collection to the museum

Jacob Epstein, Sir William Orpen, 1927; Epstein was a Lithuanian immigrant who arrived in Baltimore in 1879 and became a successful businessman and art collector who bequeathed his collection to the museum

The Striding Lion, Antioch Mosaics, 5th century; the original mosaic was divided into 86 sections in a room 28 ft long by 14 ft wide; the BMA assisted in excavating the mosaics between 1929 and 1939

The Striding Lion, Antioch Mosaics, 5th century; the original mosaic was divided into 86 sections in a room 28 ft long by 14 ft wide; the BMA assisted in excavating the mosaics between 1929 and 1939

Mrs. Charles Tudway, Thomas Gainsborough, 1765; the sitter was the wife of a member of the British Parliament with Gainsborough painting her at her home in Bath

Mrs. Charles Tudway, Thomas Gainsborough, 1765; the sitter was the wife of a member of the British Parliament with Gainsborough painting her at her home in Bath

Dorothea Berck, Wife of Joseph Coymans, Frans Hals, 1644; Hals was one of the most successful portrait painters of his day but I wonder why the subject is only wearing one glove

Dorothea Berck, Wife of Joseph Coymans, Frans Hals, 1644; Hals was one of the most successful portrait painters of his day but I wonder why the subject is only wearing one glove

The BMA silver collection (1500 ) encompasses objects by leading 18th- and early 19th-century silversmiths in Annapolis and Baltimore, as well as examples of early English silver owned by Maryland families during the Federal era

The BMA silver collection (1500+) encompasses objects by leading 18th- and early 19th-century silversmiths in Annapolis and Baltimore, as well as examples of early English silver owned by Maryland families during the Federal era

Water Birds, Jackson Pollock, 1943; the BMA has a long record of collecting works by African American artists that began in 1939 with one of the first exhibitions of African American art in the country

Water Birds, Jackson Pollock, 1943; the BMA has a long record of collecting works by African American artists that began in 1939 with one of the first exhibitions of African American art in the country

Child with Hoop, Pierre-Auguste Renior, c. 1875; the museum has several works of art from the Baltimore area, including portraiture by Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, and other members of the Peale family

Child with Hoop, Pierre-Auguste Renior, c. 1875; the museum has several works of art from the Baltimore area, including portraiture by Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, and other members of the Peale family

Is it You?; Katharina Grosse; 2020; have you ever realized that hemorrhoid ointment and toothpaste are in similar looking tubes?; just ponder the problems this could cause!

Is it You?; Katharina Grosse; 2020; have you ever realized that hemorrhoid ointment and toothpaste are in similar looking tubes?; just ponder the problems this could cause!

Emilia Pia da Montefeltro, Raphael, 1504; the bright, witty Emilia lived at Italy's sophisticated Court of Urbino but had recently become a widow

Emilia Pia da Montefeltro, Raphael, 1504; the bright, witty Emilia lived at Italy's sophisticated Court of Urbino but had recently become a widow

Baltimore Court House, 1830; this English plates depicts the 1809 courthouse that today looks more like a state capitol; several galleries, including period rooms from early Maryland homes, were still closed due to Covid

Baltimore Court House, 1830; this English plates depicts the 1809 courthouse that today looks more like a state capitol; several galleries, including period rooms from early Maryland homes, were still closed due to Covid

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