Charles Wilson Peale – The Artist in His Museum

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Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Towards the end of his career, Peale painted seven self-portraits. This may seem like a bit of self-adoration, but he really did have a lot to brag about. First his creative and successful progeny named: Rembrandt, Raphaelle, Rubens and Titian Peale (REALLY). As well as many other accomplishments, like the first Art School in the US (The Pennsylvania Academy) and the first Museum in the United States, which he set up on the second floor of Independence Hall. In this painting he (Santa, ergo self-portrait in a self-portrait) is welcoming us to his newest adventure. To see the original: The Artist in His Museum

Ed Wheeler

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