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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Posted on December 16, 2010 | Art MuseumsNo Comment

Welcome to US’ great historic as well as artistic home! Regarded as one of the largest of its kind in U.S, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the home of praised exhibitions, prominent collections, and inspiring programs in the Fairmount Park. Nestled at the western tip of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the museum was also known as School of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania museum previously. The building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is so appealing that it is nicknamed as Parthenon with its pediment decorated with many sculptures of Greek deities. Today, there are more than 2,00,000 items in this art museum all scattered systematically in over 200 galleries.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases some 15 to 20 exhibitions each year for which more than 800,000 visitors come here. Shows honoring Paul Cezanne as well as Salvador Dali are a few larger as well as popular features here, which have drawn thousands of visitors from all round the world. Known as excellent art institution, the museum complex encompasses its main building, Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, and other legendary sites. The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building is the latest one seen from the Main Building across the street and holds some of the most famous collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here, there are five exhibition spaces, a cafe with the views of the landscaped terrace, and a sky lit galleria.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is especially famous for its vital gatherings of the Pennsylvania German art, works from the leading Philadelphia artist named Thomas Eakins, and silver as well as furniture from the early craftsmen of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. With regards to Thomas Eakins, the art museum is the home of his most vital collection on the planet.

All the items in the museum focuses on the innovative feats of the Western nations right from 1st century A.D, while also of Asia from 3rd millennium B.C. The Asian highlights involve sculpture as well as paintings from India, Japan, and China; a big set of Turkish as well as Persian carpets; decorative arts as well as furniture involving those prime ones of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese ceramics; and atypically real architectural sets like the palace hall of China, Indian temple hall of 16th century, and a Japanese teahouse.

Coming to the European collections since the medieval times, you will find different masterworks from Italy and of the Flemish early-Renaissance period; sculptures including much special of Auguste Rodin; furniture; tapestries; later European paintings dating back to the French as well as Post-Impressionism; decorative arts; arms and armor collection regarded as the second largest in U.S; classical rooms; and structural pieces like medieval church’s facade in Burgundy and festooned English drawing room. Stating specifically about the armor collection, this is of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch.

Considered as one of the superb collections in the United States, the American collections of sculpture, painting, and decorative arts are just outstanding including Philadelphia silver and furniture of 18th and 19th century and pastoral Pennsylvania ceramics as well as furniture. Contemporary artwork involves spectacular works of several artists such as Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, and Marcel Duchamp along with the American modernists. Some of the more collections are expanding with time and they are of the modern art whose artists are Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Sol LeWitt, and many more. In addition, the art gallery is also the home of the encyclopedic collections of textiles, costumes, drawings, prints, and photographs shown in rotation supporting the purpose of preservation. All these collection features surely make the Philadelphia Museum of Art a must-see one.

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