Verbal Descriptions

Verbal Descriptions from the Thannhauser Collection

Verbal Descriptions use precise language to convey the visual experience of artworks. For instance, the description of Pablo Picasso’s Woman Ironing gives the painting’s specific dimensions and proceeds from describing its central figure as “a tall, very thin woman with particularly long limbs and angular features,” to seamlessly presenting its overall compositional features. Developed for people who are blind or have low vision, Verbal Descriptions are valuable for all visitors who seek an “in-depth look” at artworks.

This playlist presents descriptions and contextual information for six key artworks from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Thannhauser Collection, plus a history of the collection and a description of the gallery space that holds it. Learn more about the museum’s programs for visitors with disabilities and about the Thannhauser Collection.


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Pablo Picasso, Le Moulin de la Galette, autumn 1900 (detail)


Learn more about the Thannhauser Collection's masterpieces of Impressionist,
Post-Impressionist, and modern French art.