The Art of Golf exhibit centers around this Charles Lees painting, The Golfers, on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art March 16-July 7. (The Golfers, 1847, by Charles Lees. Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)
This spring, The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts a new exhibit that delves into golf and its artistic history. Golf lovers, take note — The Art of Golf runs from March 16 to July 7.
The exhibit centers around The Golfers, a masterpiece by Scottish artist Charles Lees that dates to 1847. The oil-on-canvas painting depicts a golf match in St. Andrews, Scotland, where the game originated in the 15th century, and features notable 19th-century golfers and golfing authorities, faithfully illustrating golf’s early years.
As time went on, a number of Scottish artists focused on the ancient sport in paintings, sketches, sculptures and more. The Art of Golf displays golf’s important artistic history.
The exhibition is rounded out by photographs, golf apparel, sketches and other works related to The Art of Golf.
The exhibit perfectly coincides with the U.S. Open Championship at Merion Golf Club from June 10-16.
The Art of Golf at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
When: March 16-July 7
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission
More info: www.philamuseum.org