Later on in the course we able to leave campus and visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art on three unique and unforgettable occasions. We first arrived at the PMA ready to explore the neoclassical tradition. Through a guided tour, we saw multiple neoclassical rooms — including the Lansdowne room — each with incredible ornamentation and style. For many of us, this was our first introduction to the lavish style of the neoclassical period. Leaving the PMA, we could all agree that this visit surpassed reading an overview in a textbook by miles.
Our second visit to the PMA allowed us to view Picasso’s Minotaur prints in the special print room. After having read about Picasso’s fascination with the Greeks and his various prints informed by Greek mythology, each of us stepped into the print room ready to experience firsthand what we had just read about. We seized the opportunity to become experts on Picasso and the art of printing.
Our final visit to the PMA, however, won as the class favorite. Led by the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s curator of contemporary art, Carlos Basualdo, we stepped into the room containing Cy Twombly’s Fifty Days at Iliam, each of us with confused, pensive, or frustrated looks on our faces. Our transition into modern art gave some of us a hard time at first, but after listening to Mr. Basualdo explain in detail the intentions, eccentricities, and artistic tendencies of Twombly, many of us found ourselves utterly enchanted by his work (let’s just say that the word "sublime" may have been thrown around a few times). This third visit to the PMA affirmed what I already knew: Inescapable Classics was no ordinary class, and I considered myself extremely fortunate to have taken it.