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Family Guides

Discover the mysteries and stories of the Gallery's collections using our series of four illustrated family guides, available for download here and at all Gallery Information Desks.

Prefer an audio experience? Audio tours are available on a free rental player at the Gallery.

Looking for Family Programs? View our current programs schedule, and sign up for our newsletter for more information about upcoming family programs and events.

American Art (PDF 438KB)

Explore American folk art, portraiture, and landscape paintings by finding their style types, writing letters about them, and talking together about your favorites. Be sure to find John Singleton Copley's Watson and the Shark and the Edward Hicks's Peaceable Kingdom, a folk art animal “portrait.”

Dutch Art (PDF 311KB)

Uncover the hidden forms of “pronk” (luxury) in portraits, surprising foods in still lifes (“stilleven”), and the endless ways Dutch artists portrayed their flat landscape (“landschappen”) in this guide to Dutch Paintings of the 17th Century.

French Art (PDF 651KB)

Travel the French countryside with plein air ("in the open air") painters, brave the crowded modern streets of Paris, and retreat into the dreamy worlds of the post-impressionists with this guide to French Paintings of the 19th Century.

Italian Art (PDF 414KB)

Find details that form narrative paintings, draw your own Renaissance self-portrait, and select qualities in Italian art that separate the humble from the divine in this family companion to Italian Paintings of the 13th-14th Centuries, 15th Century, and 16th Century.