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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.
Andrew Wyeth, an American painter of familiar landscapes infused with ethereal auras, was born on this day, July 12, in 1917.  Of his art he said: “My people, my objects breathe in a different way: there’s another core — an excitement that’s definitely abstract. My God, when you really begin to peer into something, a simple object, and realize the profound meaning of that thing — if you have an emotion about it, there’s no end.”(Life Magazine, 1965) Image: Andrew Wyeth at his retrospective, Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, March 29, 2006.

Andrew Wyeth, an American painter of familiar landscapes infused with ethereal auras, was born on this day, July 12, in 1917.

Of his art he said: “My people, my objects breathe in a different way: there’s another core — an excitement that’s definitely abstract. My God, when you really begin to peer into something, a simple object, and realize the profound meaning of that thing — if you have an emotion about it, there’s no end.”(Life Magazine, 1965)

Image: Andrew Wyeth at his retrospective, Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, March 29, 2006.

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    Andrew Wyeth was from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
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