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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.
Discover the rich symbolism behind this painting that features Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, during our Spotlight Gallery Conversation this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.”Still Life with Terms and a Bust of Ceres,” c. 1630, by Frans Snyders

Discover the rich symbolism behind this painting that features Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, during our Spotlight Gallery Conversation this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.

Still Life with Terms and a Bust of Ceres,” c. 1630, by Frans Snyders

Happy birthday to François Boucher, born on this day in 1703. A skilled painter, draftsman, engraver, and designer, Boucher’s idyllic pastoral scenes appear in media from porcelain to tapestry. His near-twenty-year involvement with Beauvais tapestry manufactory was hugely significant in the success of that firm, and his tapestry designs pushed the weavers to ambitious imitation of subtle painterly effects in their work, as seen in the Psyche series. See them today at the Museum.ʺTapestry showing the Toilet of Psyche,ʺ December 1741–February 1744, designed by François Boucher, woven by the Beauvais tapestry manufactory

Happy birthday to François Boucher, born on this day in 1703. A skilled painter, draftsman, engraver, and designer, Boucher’s idyllic pastoral scenes appear in media from porcelain to tapestry. His near-twenty-year involvement with Beauvais tapestry manufactory was hugely significant in the success of that firm, and his tapestry designs pushed the weavers to ambitious imitation of subtle painterly effects in their work, as seen in the Psyche series. See them today at the Museum.

ʺTapestry showing the Toilet of Psyche,ʺ December 1741–February 1744, designed by François Boucher, woven by the Beauvais tapestry manufactory

Look! Can you believe it? We’re wishing a happy birthday to Caravaggio, who created the original version of this painting in the seventeenth century.“The Incredulity of the Apostle Thomas,” 17th century, copy after Caravaggio

Look! Can you believe it? We’re wishing a happy birthday to Caravaggio, who created the original version of this painting in the seventeenth century.

The Incredulity of the Apostle Thomas,” 17th century, copy after Caravaggio

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More Art Monday: Collection Travelogue

Ten works from our collection have accrued impressive travel miles en route to exhibitions in other museums. Learn about their journeys here, brought to you by ART 24/7.

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834,” 1834–35, by Joseph Mallord William Turner
Exhibition: “Late Turner: Painting Set Free”
Location: Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom
On view: Now through January 25, 2015
Distance: 3,546 miles

Spring Sale at Bendel’s,” 1921, by Florine Stettheimer
Exhibition: “Florine Stettheimer“
Location: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
On view: Now through January 4, 2015
Distance: 4,116 miles

Basin, early 15th century, Xuande Period (1426–1435), Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), China
Exhibition: “Ming: 50 Years That Changed China”
Location: British Museum, London, United Kingdom
On view: Now through January 5, 2015
Distance: 3,546 miles

The Man of Sorrows (Christ Crowned with Thorns),” c. 1490, by Domenico Ghirlandaio
Exhibition: “Memling: Rinascimento Fiammingo”
Location: Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Italy
On view: October 11, 2014, to January 18, 2015
Distance: 4,366 miles

Marine,” 1866, by Gustave Courbet
Exhibition: “Gustave Courbet”
Location: Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
On view: Now through January 18, 2015
Distance: 3,971 miles

The Papacy Offered to Saint Gregory the Great [?],” c. 1435, by Follower of Fra Angelico
Exhibition: “Fra Angelico, Botticelli: Rediscovered Masterpieces”
Location: Musée Condé/Domaine de Chantilly, Chantilly, France
On view: Now through January 4, 2015
Distance: 3,709 miles

Bacchus and Ariadne on the Isle of Naxos,” c. 1693, by Antoine Coypel
Exhibition: “Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and His Legacy”
Location: Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
On view: Now through January 4, 2015
Distance: 3,744 miles

Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks,” 1864, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Exhibition: “James McNeill Whistler Retrospective”
Location: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
On view: Now through November 16, 2014 
Distance: 6,901 miles

Port of Le Havre,” 1874, by Claude Monet
Exhibition: “Impression Sunrise”
Location: Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France
On view: Now through January 18, 2015 
Distance: 3,709 miles

Follette,” 1890, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Exhibition: “Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec—The Path to Modernism”
Location: Kunstforum Wien, Vienna, Austria
On view: October 16, 2014 through January 25, 2015 
Distance: 4,308 miles

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz helped found American Modern art by tirelessly promoting artists like John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, and Charles Demuth at his legendary New York City gallery, 291. See how these artists, known as the Stieglitz Circle, wedded European modernism’s innovations to distinctly American subjects in our newest gallery installation.”Narcissus,” 1916, by Charles Demuth

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz helped found American Modern art by tirelessly promoting artists like John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, and Charles Demuth at his legendary New York City gallery, 291. See how these artists, known as the Stieglitz Circle, wedded European modernism’s innovations to distinctly American subjects in our newest gallery installation.

Narcissus,” 1916, by Charles Demuth

Artists and creators around town have been bragging that our newest exhibition, “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart,” which is about process and artistic evolution, is incredibly inspiring. See it now.

Artists and creators around town have been bragging that our newest exhibition, “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart,” which is about process and artistic evolution, is incredibly inspiring. See it now.

Happy birthday to the forefather of American political cartoons, Thomas Nast. Nast’s commentaries often used Uncle Sam’s image to represent the American government, which helped make his image so popular and led to costumes like this one.Man’s Uncle Sam Costume: Coat, Trousers and Waistcoat; early 20th century; United States

Happy birthday to the forefather of American political cartoons, Thomas Nast. Nast’s commentaries often used Uncle Sam’s image to represent the American government, which helped make his image so popular and led to costumes like this one.

Man’s Uncle Sam Costume: Coat, Trousers and Waistcoat; early 20th century; United States

What can you buy for $20? Instead of watery coffee and late night food trucks how a special six-month student membership for unlimited admission? It’s only available in September. Visit any admissions desk in the Museum or contact Member Services at 215-684-7840.”A Poor Student,” 1885, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

What can you buy for $20? Instead of watery coffee and late night food trucks how a special six-month student membership for unlimited admission? It’s only available in September. Visit any admissions desk in the Museum or contact Member Services at 215-684-7840.

A Poor Student,” 1885, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

LAST CHANCE! There are only two days left of #THINKpublicart. Tag your photos of Rodin’s “The Thinker” and be part of a photomosaic that will be featured around Philadelphia. The top three #THINKpublicart photo submissions will receive a $75 gift certificate to Adorama Camera, an Association for Public Art membership valid through October 2015, and a Philadelphia Museum of Art membership valid for one year after activation.”The Thinker,” modeled 1880–81, enlarged 1902–04, cast 1919, by Auguste Rodin

LAST CHANCE! There are only two days left of #THINKpublicart. Tag your photos of Rodin’s “The Thinker” and be part of a photomosaic that will be featured around Philadelphia.

The top three #THINKpublicart photo submissions will receive a $75 gift certificate to Adorama Camera, an Association for Public Art membership valid through October 2015, and a Philadelphia Museum of Art membership valid for one year after activation.

The Thinker,” modeled 1880–81, enlarged 1902–04, cast 1919, by Auguste Rodin

Trends in fashion come and go, and past fashions always influence the present. Do you think this trend will come back any time soon?”Caricature of Fashionable Women in Gigantic Bonnets,” 1804, by Baron Christoph Haller von Hallerstein

Trends in fashion come and go, and past fashions always influence the present. Do you think this trend will come back any time soon?

Caricature of Fashionable Women in Gigantic Bonnets,” 1804, by Baron Christoph Haller von Hallerstein

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