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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.
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On this Easter Sunday, see how this religious event has been portrayed in art across the centuries.

The Resurrection,” c. 1465, by Rodrigo de Osona the Elder

The Assumption of the Virgin, with the Nativity, the Resurrection, the Adoration of the Magi, the Ascension of Christ, Saint Mark and an Angel, and Saint Luke and an Ox,” c. 1510–20, by Joachim Patinir

The Ascension,” c. 1778, by Carl Ernst Christoph Hess

The Resurrection,” c. 1808, by Benjamin West

Happy birthday to Joan Miró, born on this day in 1893. The Spanish artist once said, “Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension.” We love the exuberant colors in this still life from 1920, which shows both the influence of Cubism on his early work and elements such as the horse which reflect his Catalan background. “Horse, Pipe, and Red Flower,”1920, by Joan Miró (© Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York/ADAGP, Paris)

Happy birthday to Joan Miró, born on this day in 1893. The Spanish artist once said, “Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension.” We love the exuberant colors in this still life from 1920, which shows both the influence of Cubism on his early work and elements such as the horse which reflect his Catalan background.

Horse, Pipe, and Red Flower,”1920, by Joan Miró (© Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York/ADAGP, Paris)

Join us on Wednesday Night for a screening of “Planet B-Boy” (2008), a film that explores how South Korea became the epicenter of breakdancing. The screening is followed by a discussion and a live breakdancing performance. Find out more and get tickets here.Image: Film still from “Planet B-Boy”

Join us on Wednesday Night for a screening of “Planet B-Boy” (2008), a film that explores how South Korea became the epicenter of breakdancing. The screening is followed by a discussion and a live breakdancing performance. Find out more and get tickets here.

Image: Film still from “Planet B-Boy”

Final week! This month it graced the cover of Artforum, and this week will be your last chance to see it: “Michael Snow: Photo-Centric,” a survey of the Canadian artist’s photography-based work.Artforum April 2014 cover
“In Medias Res,” 1998, by Michael Snow (Centre National des Arts Plastiques—Ministry of Culture and Communication, France)

Final week! This month it graced the cover of Artforum, and this week will be your last chance to see it: “Michael Snow: Photo-Centric,” a survey of the Canadian artist’s photography-based work.

Artforum April 2014 cover

“In Medias Res,” 1998, by Michael Snow (Centre National des Arts Plastiques—Ministry of Culture and Communication, France)

Happy birthday to American painter Max Weber (1881–1961). Born in Russia, raised in Brooklyn, Weber headed to Paris in 1905 and immersed himself in the city’s avant-garde, absorbing the work of Rousseau, Matisse, and Picasso. When he returned to the US in 1909, he became a major figure in introducing Cubism to a skeptical (at first) American public. This canvas from 1911 speaks to the revolutionary impact Cézanne had on Weber and his generation of artists.“Group of Figures,” 1911, by Max Weber

Happy birthday to American painter Max Weber (1881–1961). Born in Russia, raised in Brooklyn, Weber headed to Paris in 1905 and immersed himself in the city’s avant-garde, absorbing the work of Rousseau, Matisse, and Picasso. When he returned to the US in 1909, he became a major figure in introducing Cubism to a skeptical (at first) American public. This canvas from 1911 speaks to the revolutionary impact Cézanne had on Weber and his generation of artists.

Group of Figures,” 1911, by Max Weber

The Museum’s greatest old master painting, Rogier van der Weyden’s diptych, presents the Crucifixion as a timeless dramatic narrative. Explore our online gallery to see how other artists, including Thomas Eakins, Marc Chagall, and Paul Strand, have taken various approaches to this sorrowful religious subject. “The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning,” c. 1460, by Rogier van der Weyden

The Museum’s greatest old master painting, Rogier van der Weyden’s diptych, presents the Crucifixion as a timeless dramatic narrative. Explore our online gallery to see how other artists, including Thomas Eakins, Marc Chagall, and Paul Strand, have taken various approaches to this sorrowful religious subject.

The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning,” c. 1460, by Rogier van der Weyden

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Fashion Friday: Bib-and-brace overalls—trousers with an attached bib that covers the stomach and chest—have been a standard of American work wear since the early twentieth century. As seen here, both Patrick Kelly and Gerlan Jeans have reinterpreted this classic American style in their collections. Which is your favorite?

Woman’s Dress Woman’s Ensemble: Jumpsuit and Apron,” Fall/Winter 1987, designed by Patrick Kelly (Promised gift of Bjorn Guil Amelan and Bill T. Jones)

Kriss Kross” Halter-All Dress in “Lip Leopard” Print, Spring/Summer 2011 Jeans & Satin Collection, designed by Gerlan Jeans

Forget Throwback Thursday—today is Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the final meal Jesus shared with his apostles in Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion. One of the most represented biblical events in art history, the Last Supper is the scene in which Jesus predicts his betrayal and Peter’s denial, and is also the scriptural source for the Eucharist, or Holy Communion.See other versions of the Last Supper in our collection.“The Last Supper,“1578, by Cornelis Cort (after Livio Agresti)

Forget Throwback Thursday—today is Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the final meal Jesus shared with his apostles in Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion. One of the most represented biblical events in art history, the Last Supper is the scene in which Jesus predicts his betrayal and Peter’s denial, and is also the scriptural source for the Eucharist, or Holy Communion.

See other versions of the Last Supper in our collection.

The Last Supper,“1578, by Cornelis Cort (after Livio Agresti)

Celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare next Wednesday, and get a sneak preview of our Summer of Shakespeare! Decorate your neck by making a ruff. Check out a sword-fight performance by Revolution Shakespeare. Oh, yes—there will be cake!“Night Battle” (plate from William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV”), 1785, by Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

Celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare next Wednesday, and get a sneak preview of our Summer of Shakespeare! Decorate your neck by making a ruff. Check out a sword-fight performance by Revolution Shakespeare. Oh, yes—there will be cake!

Night Battle” (plate from William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV”), 1785, by Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

A very happy birthday to John Chamberlain, born on this day in 1927. Chamberlain was a remarkable sculptor who combined the worlds of painting and poetry in his sculptures made of discarded sheet metal. In this piece, he sandblasted the metal to achieve the bright colors, and then fitted the large, twisted sheets together. “Glossalia Adagio,” 1984, by John Chamberlain (© John Chamberlain/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

A very happy birthday to John Chamberlain, born on this day in 1927. Chamberlain was a remarkable sculptor who combined the worlds of painting and poetry in his sculptures made of discarded sheet metal. In this piece, he sandblasted the metal to achieve the bright colors, and then fitted the large, twisted sheets together.

Glossalia Adagio,” 1984, by John Chamberlain (© John Chamberlain/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

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