Objects as entrees to other places and times

Re-reading this post, I realize that it serves as the foundation for all the art tours I offer through Art Tours by Amy.

Happy Reading! It would be an honor to travel with you to Paris or Spain in 2015. Amy

Amy’s Winterthur story BY AMY BOYCE OSAKI, ON JANUARY 18TH, 2013 Why Winterthur? Perhaps . . . → Read More: Objects as entrees to other places and times

Reading List for Winterthur Museum and Brandywine Valley

For more in-depth information on Winterthur Museum and the many museums of the Brandywine River Valley (in Delaware and Pennsylvania), I suggest the following books and article:


Andrew Wyeth, The New York Times

Cantor, Jay E. Winterthur. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1997.

Cooper, Wendy A. An American Vision: Henry Francis du . . . → Read More: Reading List for Winterthur Museum and Brandywine Valley

Winterthur Fellows, graduate school without debt!

Winterthur Fellows are the graduate students in the Winterthur Program. In two years, Fellows earn a master’s degree, and emerge without debt. This was my experience in 1986 when I was one of the lucky 10 people selected for a Winterthur Fellowship. I completed my MA degree in Early American Culture in 1988, and was . . . → Read More: Winterthur Fellows, graduate school without debt!

Amy's Winterthur story

Why Winterthur? Perhaps you are wondering why I am leading an art tour to Winterthur Museum, Delaware, and the Brandywine River Valley in May? Quite simply this is a spectacular time of year to visit this spot on planet earth. The gardens are in their full glory, and the way that the du Ponts “painted” . . . → Read More: Amy’s Winterthur story

Winterthur childhood

Growing up at Winterthur, among antiques and elaborate dinner parties, was quite an experience for the two daughters of Henry Francis duPont. The younger daughter, Ruth Lord, wrote a wonderful book about the experience. Being a young child in a home with antique bedspreads, she tried to play a joke on her father. She writes: . . . → Read More: Winterthur childhood

Winterthur beginnings

Winterthur Museum began as the home of Henry Francis duPont. He started collecting American antiques when he was 43 years old, and commented to his wife: “Everybody has English houses and half the furniture I know…is new. Since we’re Americans it’s much more interesting to have American furniture.” (p115, Jay Cantor, Winterthur). In 1951, his . . . → Read More: Winterthur beginnings


This book is great reading about Winterthur, and the one I just mentioned in my previous post. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=531267693567928&set=a.111149072246461.13100.111118282249540&type=1&theater


May at Winterthur and in the Brandywine Valley is absolutely spectacular! I just finished reading Jay Cantor’s amazing book about Winterthur Museum. He writes: “Exbury azaleas are at their best during May, as are native azaleas, some of which bloom into summer. Hybrid herbacious and tree peonies and candelabra primulas are also in flower during . . . → Read More: Winterthur