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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.

More Art Monday: A Philadelphia Education (Figurative Works)

You may know that Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, and the group known as “The Eight” trained at Philadelphia institutions but what about these other artists? Brought to you by ART 24/7
Image 1: Barkley Hendricks, Miss T, 1969
Earned his certificate at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Image 2: Ralph Rucci, Woman’s Jacket, c. 1996 -1997
Earned a degree in philosophy from Temple University
Image 3: Virgil Marti, Untitled (Floating), 1995
Earned his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University
Image 4: Irving Penn, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1948
Attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia (now University of the Arts)
Image 5: Maxfield Parrish, Sinbad Plot Against the Giant, 1907
Attended Haverford College, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Drexel Institute of Art (now Drexel University).


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