The Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 200 galleries filled with treasures spanning continents and cultures, drawn from ... More
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 200 galleries filled with treasures spanning continents and cultures, drawn from a collection of more than 400,000 works of art. The huge stone edifice of the museum, supported by majestic Doric columns, looks over the Schuylkill River. Scale the steps made famous in the "Rocky" movies. Dine at the Museum Restaurant or walk in Fairmount Park, just behind the museum.
I appreciated its terrific collection of Early Italian Art,especially their paintings by ,Allegretto Nuzi,Bernardo Daddi,Jacopo Di Cione,Giovanni Di Paolo,Sandro Botticelli,and Fra Angelico.I liked its collection of 16th Century Netherlandish devotional paintings,including fine paintings by Rogier Vander Weyden,Simon Marmion,and Master of the Life of the Virgin.I liked its wonderful 19th and early 20th Century paintings by French painters like;Gustave Courbet,Camille Corot,Claude Monet("Etratat,Manneport"),Camille Pissarro,Pierre Renoir,Paul Cezanne,and Pablo Picasso.I liked its collection of Early American Art,including fine works by John Copley,Charles Wilson Peale("Staircase Group")and Thomas Sully.I appreciated the explanations for the works of art in this huge museum.I spent 3 days enjoying it in late April.
I am an art buff, majored in it in college. I also love architecture, which is one of the reasons I really love the philly museum of art, almost more or as much as any other museum I've ever been to, and I would say I am very well traveled. What I love is that they incorporate architectural elements into the actual building design, so when you are in the medieval French painting section, you get the feel of, say, a medieval French abbey. When you are in the Asian section, you get the context/feel of an Asian monastery or something. They have whole rooms of buildings from around the world-- a Japanese tea house, a Buddhist temple, a cloister from a French abbey, rooms from all different periods of European history. I love it. Some of the most beautiful paintings I've ever seen are there too. It is pretty big, so I suggest picking a few galleries you want to see and spending time there. From one art buff to another, I highly recommend this museum. If you aren't into art, then don't bother going to an art museum and just go for Rocky. :)
The collections are OK, compared to other well-known museums in the world. The guards are the rudest and the most pretentious museum guards I've ever encountered in any art museums I've visited. They were acting as if I was going to steal or cause damage to the collections (I am 5'1" tall petite woman). At one point, one of the female guards came up to me and told me to change the way I carried my small and thin bag - from wearing it across my body to wearing it over my shoulder. When I asked her why, she told me it was to avoid my causing damage to the collections. Since she couldn't explain the logic behind her request, I just shrugged it off, but this encounter had turned me off. I would never go back to this place.
I went to see the Renoir Landscapes exhibit. One word: breathtaking. Can't wait to spend more time in the museum. I also at lunch in the cafe. The food was great. The service was less than stellar, though. The gift shop was filled with unique works of art you can take home. I'd encourage any art lover to pay the museum a visit.
The fountains and statues are simply gorgeous. The area surrounding the entrance to the museum is a must see for anyone visiting Philadelphia.
A photo op with the bronze statue of Rocky, then a walk up the famous steps from the film. They have the spot marked, at the top of the steps, and you can look upon an absolutely breath-taking panoramic view of the city from atop the 56 steps.
We reached the museum late in the afternoon and did not want to miss out on the incredible weather, so we stayed outdoors and had our pictures taken near the sculptures and dipped our feet in the fountains.
The avenue leading back to downtown is lined with the flags of 100 nations, mature shade trees, and the Rodin Museum. It passes through Logan Square and another unforgettable fountain. Children were swimming in the fountain, in spite of the signs, and tourists were dipping their feet in the clean cool waters.
It was an unforgettable afternoon and the highlight was seeing the museum and beautifully manicured grounds.
My husband and I have lived here all our lives and never tried the Art museum until this year. It is huge and there is soo much to see. I became overwhelmed and uninterested by the second floor. They could make it more kid friendly so that you could bring younger ones and try to help them find interest in art. Overall it was ok - could have had more interesting exhibits.
I am not an art buff, so I must admit the only reason that brought me to the museum is, you guessed it, Rocky! Not surprisingly, there are individuals running up the steps, hands raised triumphantly, as they imitate Rocky Balboa's famous run. This spot is also the perfect place for wedding photos, because of the spectacular view of the diagonal Benjamin Franklin Parkway and downtown skyline. So, even if you are not an art-buff like me, the place is still worth a visit for 2 simple reasons - Rocky and remarkable downtown Philly view.
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