Art Up Close 

This week, History Teacher Megan Cooper took her Rethinking Art History class to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. Jeanine Blakeman ’23, Addie Brayton ’24, Abby Brooks ’23, and TJ Goldstein ’24 were accompanied by Cooper and Assistant College Counselor Corinna Davies on the trip. 

“It was a great visit,” says Cooper. “The students even said they would be interested in visiting more museums in the future!” 

The group enjoyed a guided museum tour, where they learned about information and context about the art and artists. Cooper says one of the highlights was seeing a whole room of landscapes from the Hudson River School, which featured over 65 works by the movement’s noteworthy artists. She adds how the trip gave the students a chance to appreciate the detail they can only see and experience when viewing art in person. 

“TJ [enjoyed] seeing a piece by an artist she just presented on: Yayoi Kusama,” she says. “Jeanine’s favorite pieces were the Picassos.” 

The museum is the oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the U.S., and it has one of only ten paintings by Caravaggio. 

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