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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 one of America’s greatest Realists, Thomas Eakins. You may already be familiar with him, but did you know that his wife, Susan, was also an accomplished painter? This intimate portrait of Thomas was painted by his wife and is believed to have been based on a photograph of him working. “Portrait of Thomas Eakins,” c. 1920–25, by Susan Macdowell Eakins

Happy birthday to one of America’s greatest Realists, Thomas Eakins. You may already be familiar with him, but did you know that his wife, Susan, was also an accomplished painter? This intimate portrait of Thomas was painted by his wife and is believed to have been based on a photograph of him working.

Portrait of Thomas Eakins,” c. 1920–25, by Susan Macdowell Eakins

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We discovered some Museum visitors that look an awful lot alike the artworks they are looking at. Coincidence? Which artwork at the Museum best suits your style?

The Ballet Class,” c. 1880, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

White and Black,” 1955, Ellsworth Kelly, Collection of the artist © Ellsworth Kelly

A Wheatfield on a Summer’s Afternoon,” 1942, Marc Chagall © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Untitled XXI,” 1982, Willem de Kooning © The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Red,” 1955-56, Sam Francis © Samuel L. Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Umpferstedt II,” 1914, Lyonel Feininger © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

The Expressionist artist Vasily Kandinsky often discussed painting as a form of visual music. What type of music do you think his “Improvisation No. 29 (The Swan)” would be? A passionate love song? A rising orchestral movement? A rock power ballad?“Improvisation No. 29 (The Swan),” 1912, by Vasily Kandinsky

The Expressionist artist Vasily Kandinsky often discussed painting as a form of visual music. What type of music do you think his “Improvisation No. 29 (The Swan)” would be? A passionate love song? A rising orchestral movement? A rock power ballad?

Improvisation No. 29 (The Swan),” 1912, by Vasily Kandinsky

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” said Claude Monet. Art in the Garden is this week’s Art Splash theme, featuring Monet’s masterpiece “The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny.””The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny," 1899, by Claude Monet

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” said Claude Monet. Art in the Garden is this week’s Art Splash theme, featuring Monet’s masterpiece “The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny.”

The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny," 1899, by Claude Monet

Happy 132nd birthday to Edward Hopper. An important American realist painter and printmaker, Hopper worked primarily from the 1920s to the 1950s and may be best known for his painting “Nighthawks.” Enjoy his watercolor “Corn Hill” from our collection. “Corn Hill,” c. 1930, by Edward Hopper

Happy 132nd birthday to Edward Hopper. An important American realist painter and printmaker, Hopper worked primarily from the 1920s to the 1950s and may be best known for his painting “Nighthawks.” Enjoy his watercolor “Corn Hill” from our collection.

Corn Hill,” c. 1930, by Edward Hopper

Today is Alexander Calder’s birthday. Known for his hanging mobile sculptures, he was born in nearby Lawnton, PA. His father and grandfather were also sculptors whose work is featured prominently in our city. In fact, Alexander’s grandfather Alexander Milne Calder made the William Penn statue on top of City Hall. You can see the youngest Calder’s “Ghost" in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall, hanging from the ceiling. Here’s wishing him a happy birthday.Great Stair Hall, including “Ghost" (foreground), 1964, by Alexander Calder (© Estate of Alexander Calder / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)

Today is Alexander Calder’s birthday. Known for his hanging mobile sculptures, he was born in nearby Lawnton, PA. His father and grandfather were also sculptors whose work is featured prominently in our city. In fact, Alexander’s grandfather Alexander Milne Calder made the William Penn statue on top of City Hall. You can see the youngest Calder’s “Ghost" in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall, hanging from the ceiling. Here’s wishing him a happy birthday.

Great Stair Hall, including “Ghost" (foreground), 1964, by Alexander Calder (© Estate of Alexander Calder / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)

PMA Members, channel your inner Rocky as you explore the triumphs of underdog artists who achieved personal victories through struggle and perseverance. Join the member’s-only tour “The Spirit of Rocky" on August 5. Afterward, you can even run the stairs if you want. Free with membership. Reservations required. Other dates are available.”Between Rounds,” 1898–99, by Thomas Eakins

PMA Members, channel your inner Rocky as you explore the triumphs of underdog artists who achieved personal victories through struggle and perseverance. Join the member’s-only tour “The Spirit of Rocky" on August 5. Afterward, you can even run the stairs if you want. Free with membership. Reservations required. Other dates are available.

Between Rounds,” 1898–99, by Thomas Eakins

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More Art Monday: Vacation Destinations


We’re nearly halfway through the summer. If your vacation destination could be anywhere in the world, where would you go? Here are some of our favorite places from around the globe.

The Sacred Mountain (Parahi Te Marae),” 1892, Paul Gauguin, French

The Rialto, Venice,” 1911, John Singer Sargent, American (active London, Florence, and Paris)

Hara: Fuji in the Morning (Hara; Asa no Fuji), No. 14 from the series 53 Stations of the Tokaido (Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi),” 1832-33, Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797 - 1858. Published by Hōeidō

Eiffel Tower,” c. 1909, Robert Delaunay, French

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Art-Reach is introducing on September 1 a citywide initiative for ACCESS cardholders (Pennsylvania residents who monitor their government-issued cash and food benefits with an EBT card). Admission for ACCESS cardholders will be $2, and each card grants Museum access to a family of four. If you or a family member has an ACCESS card, come and share in the fun at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Share the news of this exciting program so more families can take advantage.

Art-Reach is introducing on September 1 a citywide initiative for ACCESS cardholders (Pennsylvania residents who monitor their government-issued cash and food benefits with an EBT card). Admission for ACCESS cardholders will be $2, and each card grants Museum access to a family of four. If you or a family member has an ACCESS card, come and share in the fun at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Share the news of this exciting program so more families can take advantage.

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