Tuesday, January 24, 2017

On this day in 1890

Husband Edward Hornor Coates addresses the Art Club of Philadelphia on "The Academy of the Fine Arts and Its Future." Mr. Coates was president of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) from 1890-1906.

The Academy of the Fine Arts and Its Future. "Art sanctifies the sorrow of the world." These are the words of a poet,—of one whose dearest ambition it was, in the early years of his life, to become a painter. But for us—for those of us who have not the happiness to be either poets or painters, whose lines of life have been cast in a mechanical, a railway, an electrical age—a century which, in its special fields of invention, exploration and scientific conquest, claims to have given to the world more than all the ages preceeding it—what shall be said of art? Read more...

PAFA's Historic Landmark Building in 2011
Photo by Sonja N. Bohm

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