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Sep 30

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

Sep 29

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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Sep 28

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.

Sep 27

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

Sep 26

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