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Barnes Art Thrives in $150 Million Philadelphia Home

After years of controversy and $150 million, the Barnes collection reopens today in a monumental new home not far from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Founder Albert C. Barnes had housed it in an elegant classical villa in the Philadelphia suburb of Merion, where the display reflected his eccentric theories on art and penchant for buying in quantity: 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, and almost four dozen early Picassos.