Albert C. Barnes Quotes

Albert Coombs Barnes (January 2, 1872 – July 24, 1951) was an American physician, chemist, businessman, art collector, writer, and educator, and the founder of the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania

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Albert C. Barnes


Appreciation of works of art requires organized effort and systematic study. Art appreciation can no more be absorbed by aimless wandering in galleries than can surgery be learned by casual visits to a hospital.

Albert C. Barnes


The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a house of artistic and intellectual prostitution

Albert C. Barnes


In our manner of speech, our plans of living, our dealings with others, our conduct and walk in the church and out of it-all should be done as becomes the gospel (Phil. 1:27).

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The main function of the museum has been to serve as a pedestal upon which a clique of socialites pose as patrons of the arts

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Philadelphia is a depressing intellectual slum

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Living with and studying good paintings offers greater interest, variety and satisfaction than any other pleasure known to man.

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