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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.
Renowned Impressionist Edgar Degas, was born in Paris on this day in 1834. 
The only sculpture exhibited in his lifetime, Degas’s Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen caused a sensation when it was shown in the Sixth Impressionist Exhibition in 1881. Challenging contemporary ideas about sculpture in its presentation and use of unconventional, lifelike materials (including real human hair), the work was equally startling for its scandalous subject, an adolescent girl on the verge of becoming a woman.
Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, Executed in wax 1878-81; cast in bronze after 1922, by Edgar Degas.

Renowned Impressionist Edgar Degas, was born in Paris on this day in 1834.

The only sculpture exhibited in his lifetime, Degas’s Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen caused a sensation when it was shown in the Sixth Impressionist Exhibition in 1881. Challenging contemporary ideas about sculpture in its presentation and use of unconventional, lifelike materials (including real human hair), the work was equally startling for its scandalous subject, an adolescent girl on the verge of becoming a woman.

Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, Executed in wax 1878-81; cast in bronze after 1922, by Edgar Degas.

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