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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.
Later this month, come and see a survey of the long, prolific career of one of the twentieth century’s most creative draftsmen in our new exhibition “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart.”“Garnet Realm,” 1941–43, by Richard Pousette-Dart (© 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette Dart/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

Later this month, come and see a survey of the long, prolific career of one of the twentieth century’s most creative draftsmen in our new exhibition “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart.”

Garnet Realm,” 1941–43, by Richard Pousette-Dart (© 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette Dart/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

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More Art Monday: Labor Day. Working hard or hardly working?

The Curse of Man’s Work,” c. 1780 (edition c. 1860), by Christian von Mechel (after Hans Holbein the Younger)

Seated Figure,” modeled early 1890s, cast before 1926, by Auguste Rodin

Piece Work,” 1953–56, by William Gropper

The Large Bathers,” 1884–87, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Whiteface Cattle, Texas,” 1935, by Howard Norton Cook

The Land of Cockaigne,” after 1570, attributed to Pieter van der Heyden (after a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder)

David Lebe created this image by using a penlight to trace the features of a man and the bedroom in which he sits. Lebe describes his penlight photographs of male figures as representations of “the sexual electricity that we can feel along our skin when in proximity with someone we are attracted to.” The photograph is on view in “In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans” 
“Angelo in Robe”; 1979 (negative), 1995 (print); by David Lebe (© David Lebe)

David Lebe created this image by using a penlight to trace the features of a man and the bedroom in which he sits. Lebe describes his penlight photographs of male figures as representations of “the sexual electricity that we can feel along our skin when in proximity with someone we are attracted to.” The photograph is on view in “In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans


Angelo in Robe”; 1979 (negative), 1995 (print); by David Lebe (© David Lebe)

Happy birthday to Jacques-Louis David, born this day in 1748. This double portrait of Pope Pius VII and French papal legate Cardinal Caprara also appears in David’s huge “The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804” at the Louvre Museum.”Portrait of Pope Pius VII and Cardinal Caprara,” c. 1805, by Jacques-Louis David

Happy birthday to Jacques-Louis David, born this day in 1748. This double portrait of Pope Pius VII and French papal legate Cardinal Caprara also appears in David’s huge “The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804” at the Louvre Museum.

Portrait of Pope Pius VII and Cardinal Caprara,” c. 1805, by Jacques-Louis David

It’s the final days to see the groundbreaking exhibition “Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Watch this candid and revealing interview in which Gehry describes his vision for the building’s future. 
Don’t forget: The Museum is open this Monday, Labor Day.

It’s the final days to see the groundbreaking exhibition “Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Watch this candid and revealing interview in which Gehry describes his vision for the building’s future.

Don’t forget: The Museum is open this Monday, Labor Day.

Happy birthday to French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who was born in 1780. This painting is a small-scale replica of his monumental altarpiece that depicts Saint Symphorien’s martyrdom.”The Martyrdom of Saint Symphorien,” 1865, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Happy birthday to French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who was born in 1780. This painting is a small-scale replica of his monumental altarpiece that depicts Saint Symphorien’s martyrdom.

The Martyrdom of Saint Symphorien,” 1865, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Fashion Friday: Friends, Enemies, Frenemies? There was no love lost between fashion designers Coco Chanel (1883–1971) and Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973). Chanel famously dismissed Schiaparelli as “that Italian artist who makes clothes.” Schiaparelli derided Chanel by calling her “that milliner.” But the designers did have one thing in common: multi-talented artist Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), who was a close friend and collaborator to both women. Chanel appears in some of Cocteau’s artworks, and Cocteau’s drawings appear in some designs from Schiaparelli’s Fall 1937 collection.  Woman’s Dinner Jacket, Fall 1937, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Jean Cocteau, embroidered by Lesage

Fashion Friday: Friends, Enemies, Frenemies?

There was no love lost between fashion designers Coco Chanel (1883–1971) and Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973). Chanel famously dismissed Schiaparelli as “that Italian artist who makes clothes.” Schiaparelli derided Chanel by calling her “that milliner.” But the designers did have one thing in common: multi-talented artist Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), who was a close friend and collaborator to both women. Chanel appears in some of Cocteau’s artworks, and Cocteau’s drawings appear in some designs from Schiaparelli’s Fall 1937 collection. 
 
Woman’s Dinner Jacket, Fall 1937, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Jean Cocteau, embroidered by Lesage

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In honor the 51st anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we’re exploring our dreams. During our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Art and Service workshop, we asked children what they could do to help their community. From picking up litter to helping those in need, they had some great ideas. Now it’s your turn. What are you doing to make your community a better place?

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