Beloved tour guide Estelle Rubens had told the academy she planned to leave it a little something after she died. No one expected this. The $8 million gift is one of the largest in Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts history.
Works by van Gogh, Seurat, Renoir, Cassatt, and more are here — working in media beyond their customary oil on canvas. A second new Art Museum show spotlights prints by Japan's great Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. There's a historical connection here, and the two shows run concurrently.