The Museum offers more than 200 galleries presenting art from all corners of the globe, showing works from pre-antiquity to the present day. Outdoors, a one-acre, terraced Sculpture Garden presents monumental three-dimensional works.
The collection ranges from a 1920s Drawing Room of a New York Town House, to Modern American Landscapes, Mexican Modernism; South Asian Art; Korean Ceramics, Ink Painting and Calligraphy; to Masters of American Craft and American still life painting. Across the street, the refurbished landmark Art Deco Perleman Building houses 30,000 items in Costumes and Textiles; 150,000 Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Modern and Contemporary Design exhibitions; and other temporary exhibitions.
Owned by the City, the nearby Rodin Museum (see separate listing)and two furnished colonial houses in Fairmount Park, are administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Whether you go or not, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections, is the essential guide to the encyclopedic collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Divided into four sections—Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Contemporary—the handbook features more than 500 masterpieces from the museum’s world-renowned holdings, each handsomely illustrated in color and accompanied by a brief text written by the museum’s curators. Each section integrates a wide variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, sculptures, decorative arts, costumes and textiles, arms and armor, and photography.
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If you have an interest in the historic homes in the area, Historic Houses of Philadelphia : A Tour of the Region's Museum Homes brings the region's most impressive museum homes to life, with 160 color photographs. The only comprehensive readers' tour of the nation's richest array of historic residences open to the public, the book is complete with maps, touring information, and historical notes on fifty distinctive homes.Entries on each home begin by listing name, date of construction, architect, and location, followed by a description placing the house in its architectural, historical, social, and cultural context. Readers learn about the style of the house, who built it and why, what major events were connected with the home, and what outstanding characteristics and furnishings make it remarkable.
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2 monumental sculptures exemplify the artist's complex approach to scale, material and technique
Explores this close-knit clan of distinctive modern art innovators
Impressionist sculpture, painting, and works on paper shown together
Some seventy Tsukioka Yoshitoshi woodblock prints
Honors process and the use of humble, inexpensive materials
New gallery installation of 4,000 years of Chinese art
Stories from the South
Works of art that reflected Americans' lives
Explores the rich breadth and history of assemblage and collage
Retrospective of Johns’s seven-decade career