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Sitting atop some very famous steps, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Our facilities include our landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. We welcome you to enjoy a variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.
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 FoundationJanuary 31, 1995-April 23, 1995The Grateful Dead visiting exhibitionMarch 1995Philadelphia Museum of ArtLynn Rosenthal, photographer

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
March 1995
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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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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

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