Virtually explore the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Smarthistory as your guide
videos + essays
A founding myth for Pennsylvania and for the United States
Fresh water for a young Philadelphia
Picturing Spanish conquest in an era of U.S. expansion
An artist asks: war or healthcare?
"We have met the enemy and they are ours." The battle that turned the War of 1812
What couldn’t Peale do? He is shown as he saw himself: portraitist, naturalist, curator, and Enlightenment thinker.
Unusually early for an American artist, Vanderlyn trained in France—but Old World style didn’t sell in America.