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For Immediate Release:

Andrew Wyeth's "Ides of March:" The Making of a Masterpiece Exhibition Extended through May 27 at the Brandywine River Museum

Chadds Ford, PA May 2, 2013 -- Due to overwhelming demand from its members, the public and art lovers, the Brandywine River Museum is pleased to announce that Andrew Wyeth's "Ides of March:" The Making of a Masterpiece will be on view through Memorial Day, May 27, 2013.

Andrew Wyeth's "Ides of March:" The Making of a Masterpiece presents this rarely-seen tempera painting from 1974 along with more than 30 studies that were instrumental in its development. Displayed together for the first time, these drawings and the tempera painting provide remarkable insight into Wyeth's creative approach and evocative imagery. Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) rarely discussed his work. With few exceptions, he similarly chose not to exhibit his studies. The drawings, to him, did not have any lasting value beyond their purpose as reference material.

The exhibition will be on view during the 42nd-annual Antiques Show, which takes place May 25-27. The show is sponsored by the museum's volunteers and raises funds for their art acquisition fund, which has donated more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints to the museum's holdings since 1975.

Visitors can immerse themselves in Andrew Wyeth's world on guided tours of his Chadds Ford studio. Wyeth painted in the studio from 1940 until mid-2008, and the studio is virtually intact, looking as it did when he last left it. The building also served as home for Wyeth and his family for more than 20 years. Tours of the nearby N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, as well as the Kuerner Farm, which inspired nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth, are also available. These properties are owned by the Brandywine Conservancy, the parent organization of the Brandywine River Museum. Each may be toured separately, or on special packages that include a docent-led gallery tour of the Brandywine River Museum's renowned collection.

Andrew Wyeth's "Ides of March:" The Making of a Masterpiece is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with an essay by Virginia O'Hara, curator of collections at the Brandywine River Museum and curator of the exhibition.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors; $6, for students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under six. Admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, through November 24, except during the annual Antiques Show on Memorial Day weekend. Tickets for the Kuerner Farm and the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio tours cost an additional $8 each (free for members). For more information, including tour schedules, please call 610-388-2700 or

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Contacts: Hillary Holland or Lora Englehart, 610-388-8337 or

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