Avis Berman, the author of four books and numerous essays on American art, has written extensively on collectors and collecting. (December 2017)


A Philadelphia Lawyer’s Gilded Age Collection

Eugène Delacroix: Basket of Flowers and Fruit, 1849

John G. Johnson’s acquisitiveness and acumen are commemorated on the 100th anniversary of his bequest in “Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection,” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As the title of the exhibition implies, Johnson chiefly collected medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque painting, but the glorious eye-opener of the show turns out to be his discerning response to the art of his own time.