Barbara Bassett, Philadelphia Museum of Art

About Barbara Bassett, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Barbara Bassett is Curator of Education and School and Teacher Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She previous held positions at the Hudson River Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and holds an MSED from Bank Street College of Education in Primary and Museum Education.

Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom, 1826, oil on canvas, 83.5 x 106 cm (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
In his Peaceable Kingdom series of over 60 images, Hicks depicts a visionary scene of peace on earth that extends back to include William Penn and the founding of Pennsylvania.

The Peaceable Kingdom as Penn’s parable