5 Must See Pilgrimage Art Pieces in Baltimore

The city is home to five unique artifacts that art lovers and history buffs alike will deem worth the trip.

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The Baltimore Museum of Art’s The Blue Nude

The Blue Nude (1907) is considered one of French artist Henri Matisse’s (1869-1954) greatest paintings. Created at a pivotal moment in the artist’s career during the end of his Fauvist period, this remarkable life-size nude was unprecedented in its scale and physicality.

Blue Nude, Henri Matisse
1907, Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 55 1/4 in. (92.1 x 140.3 cm.)

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B&O Railroad Museum’s Locomotive No. 600, the “J.C. Davis”

Designed by the B&O Railroad's Master of Machinery John C. Davis, and built at the historic Mount Clare shops (now the site of the Museum). The Locomotive No. 600 highlights the intricate design that characterized locomotives during railroading’s heyday. The No. 600 served until it was retired in 1893 when it became part of the historic collection of the railroad.

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The Walters Art Museum’s Fabergé Gatchina Palace Egg

Tsar Nicholas II gifted this bejeweled imperial Easter egg in 1901 to his mother, the empress Marie Fedorovna. The Gatchina Palace egg is a jewelled, enameled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé in 1901. Fabergé, the court jeweler to the Russian tsars, always included an elaborate surprise within, and the Gatchina Palace Egg was no exception. The egg opens to reveal a surprise miniature gold replica of the palace at Gatchina (a town south of St. Petersburg) that was built for Count Grigory Orlov and was later acquired by Tsar Paul I. It is one of two imperial Easter eggs in the collection of the Walters Art Museum

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The American Visionary Art Museum’s Cosmic Galaxy Egg

Andrew Logan's hypnotically beautiful, eight-foot 'Cosmic Galaxy Egg' – the mythological symbol for the cosmic source of all waters, shimmers from the center of The Jim Rouse Visionary Center's bird-themed entrance plaza. Inspired by the deep space imagery captured by the Hubble Telescope (whose earthly home is here at Baltimore's Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)) the Egg features swirling galaxies, nascent stars, and even our tiny earth. Logan's 'Egg' is on view 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day!

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The Maryland Historic Society’s original Francis Scott Key poem

After witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key wrote Defence of Fort McHenry, the poem that later became the lyrics to our national anthem. The Maryland Historical Society displays the original handwritten manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, which Congress declared the national anthem in 1931.

Original handwritten manuscript by Francis Scott Key (1779-1843).