Happy birthday to the late great Jerry Garcia, pictured here visiting “From Cezanne to Matisse: Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation” in 1995. Since the mid-sixties, the Grateful Dead and Jerry have touched the hearts of people all over the world, always reminding us that there’s “nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.”
Follow Jerry’s lead and come visit this Sunday for Pay What You Wish!
From Cezanne to Matisse: Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation
January 31, 1995-April 23, 1995
The Grateful Dead visiting exhibition
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Lynn Rosenthal, photographer
Fashion Friday: Joyeux Anniversaire, Yves Saint Laurent
Happy birthday to Yves Saint Laurent, who was born in Algeria in 1936 and died in Paris in 2008. He has often been hailed one of the greatest designers in fashion history. His first collection for Dior in 1957 established him as a fashion genius. After opening his own couture house in 1962, he continued as a driving force in fashion for forty years. Fashion historian Caroline Rennolds Milbank noted, “The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture’s rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable.” Enjoy this early creation for Christian Dior and explore more of the Museum’s Saint Laurent holdings here.
Woman’s Cocktail Dress and Shoulder Wrap, Fall/Winter 1959–60, designed by Yves Saint Laurent
Today is Swiss National Day, which celebrates the founding of the country we now know as Switzerland. Come check out these awesome Swiss halberds in our arms and armor collection.
Halberd, c. 1530–50, Switzerland
Throwback Thursday to earlier this summer when Candy Coated's “Magic Carpet” was being installed right outside at The Oval.
Woman Crush Wednesday: We love good eighteenth-century gossip. Emma Hart, a beautiful woman of modest means, gained fame through her liaisons with English aristocrats. While married to Sir William Hamilton, British envoy to Naples, she openly carried on a stormy romance with the naval hero Admiral Lord Nelson. In her youth, she was one of artist George Romney’s favorite models.
“Portrait of Emma Hart (later Lady Hamilton) as Miranda,” 1785 or 1786, George Romney
Augustus Saint-Gaudens modeled the face of his sculpture “Diana” on his mistress Davida Clark. You can also see her handsome features on another work in the Museum’s collection. Do you know which one? Click here to find out.
Close-up of “Diana” after recent conservation work. Learn more about this project here.
Happy Christmas in July. Only 149 shopping days left. Have you gotten an early start on your shopping? Did you go to any Christmas-in-July parties?
”HAPPY HULA-DAYS,” 2013, United States
PMA Members, what do you miss most about your childhood? Think about it on August 7 during our members-only tour “Kidding Around,” which looks at the history and influences of depictions of childhood in our collection. Free with membership and reservations.
”The Seesaw,” 1791–92, by Francisco Goya
Happy birthday to groundbreaking artist Marcel Duchamp. Did you know that the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses the world’s largest and most important collection of Duchamp’s work? Check it out in the galleries and on our website.
Gallery view, including “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass),” 1915-23, Marcel Duchamp. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp Update July 17, 2012: © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Succession Marcel Duchamp
More Art Monday: Golden Oldies
A meticulous conservation project recently repaired “Diana” and restored the sculpture’s gilding. How does her luster compare to these golden treasures?
“Diana,” 1892–93, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
“White Tara,” 18th century, Mongolia or China
“Joan of Arc,” c. 1874, by Emmanuel Frémiet
“Garuda,” c. 1700–50, Tibet
Candelabrum (one of a pair), c. 1800, France
“Recumbent Stag,” early 17th century, Germany
“Seated Bodhisattva,” early 8th century, China
Portions of an Armor Garniture, c. 1550, Germany
More Art Monday is brought to you by ART 24/7.