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Young Woman in White by the Sea. Edwin Austin Abbey
A Reading from Homer, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
The Dormition of the Virgin. Fra Angelico ( Guido di Pietro)
Portrait of a Young Gentleman. Antonello da Messina
Christ Healing a Lunatic and Judas Receiving Thirty Pieces of Silver. Francesco di Antonio
Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints John the Baptist and James Major. Andrea di Bartolo
Virgin and Child. . Domenico di Bartolo (Domenico di Bartolo Ghezzi)
Still Life with Flowers in a Vase. Christoffel van den Berghe
Still Life with Fish, Abraham Hendriksz. van Beyeren
Sappho , Arnold Boecklin
Highway of Combes-la-Ville , Giovanni Boldini
The Adoration of the Magi, Hieronymus Bosch
Saint John the Evangelist Reviving Drusiana. Andrea Boscoli
Beach at Etretat. Eugene-Louis Boudin
Beach at Trouville. Eugene-Louis Boudin
Boats in Trouville Harbor. Eugene-Louis Boudin
Camaret, Le Toulinguet. Eugene-Louis Boudin
Deauville, Flag-Decked Ships in the Inner Harbor. Eugene-Louis Boudin
Deauville, the Terrace. Eugene-Louis Boudin
Etaples, les Bords de la Canche. Eugene-Louis Boudin
Le Cap, Antibes. Eugene-Louis Boudin
View of Trouville. Eugene-Louis Boudin
Landscape with Figures. Cecco Bravo
Portrait of Cosimo I de' Medici as Orpheus , Angelo Bronzino
The Governess. Alexandre Cabanel
The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day. Canaletto (II), Giovanni Antonio Canal
The Farm at Saint Simon, Honfleur, Adolphe-Felix Cals
Christ and the Virgin, Robert Campin
Mother and Child Sleeping. Eugene Carriere
Young Girl Counting. Eugene Carriere
Adoration of the Magi, Cenni di Francesco
The Moorish Chief . Eduard Charlemont
Pinchincha. Frederic Edwin Church
The large bathers. Paul Cézanne
Chiron Instructing Achilles in the Bow. Giovanni Battista Cipriani
Silenus and Satyrs, Cima da Conegliano
Bacchant, Cima da Conegliano
Coast Scene, Brighton, John Constable
Dell at Helmingham Park, John Constable
Landscape with a River, John Constable
Portrait of Master Crosby, John Constable
Road to the Spaniards, Hampstead, John Constable
Aqueduct, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Edge of Lake Nemi, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Gypsy Girl at a Fountain, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Morning on the Estuary, Ville d'Avray, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Mother and Child on a Beach, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Mother Protecting Her Child, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Pollard Willows, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
View in Holland, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Coast Scene, Gustave Courbet
Head of a Woman and Flowers, Gustave Courbet
Nude Reclining by the Sea, Gustave Courbet
Spanish Woman, Gustave Courbet
Still Life with Apples and a Pear, Gustave Courbet
The Fringe of the Forest, Gustave Courbet
Valley, Gustave Courbet
Waves, Gustave Courbet
Bacchus and Ariadne on the Isle of Naxos, Antoine Coypel
Dead Christ Supported by Two Angels, Carlo Crivelli
Portrait of Johann Georg I. Daniel Bretschneider the Younger
Mill, Charles-Francois Daubigny
Solitude, Charles-Francois Daubigny
The Imaginary Illness, Honore Daumier
The Print Collector, Honore Daumier
Enthroned Virgin and Child, with Angels, Gerard David
Lamentation, Gerard David
Salvator Mundi, Gerard David
Autumn, Enchanted Salutation, Arthur Bowen Davies
Ballett, seen from a Loge, Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas
After the Bath (Woman Drying Herself), Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas
Interior, Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas
The Ballet Class, Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas
Horses at a Fountain, Ferdinand-Victor-Eugene Delacroix
Interior of a Dominican Convent in Madrid, Ferdinand-Victor-Eugene Delacroix
Portrait of Eugene Berny d'Ouville, Ferdinand-Victor-Eugene Delacroix
Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, Ferdinand-Victor-Eugene Delacroix
Portrait of Lady Juliana Penn, Arthur Devis
Portrait of the Right Honorable Thomas Penn, Arthur Devis
Saints Roch, Stephen, Lawrence, and Elizabeth Distributing Alms, Abraham van Diepenbeeck
Portrait of a Gentleman, Dosso Dossi
Portrait of William Merritt Chase, Frank Duveneck
The Gross Clinic, Thomas Eakins
Cowboy Singing, Thomas Eakins
The Continence of Scipio, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout
Dorothea, Jacob Eichholtz
Portrait of Isidro Gonzalez Velasquez, Agustin Esteve y Marques
Still Life with Birds , Hendrik de Fromantiou
Arabian Shepherd (Shepherd- High Plateau of Kabylia), Eugene Fromentin
A Young Art Student (Portrait of Thomas Eakins), Charles Lewis Fussell
Saint Sylvester and the Dragon, Agnolo Gaddi
There is the temple ( Parahi te marae ), Paul Gauguin
Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate, Francesco di Gentile da Fabriano
The Man of Sorrows (Christ Crowned with Thorns), Domenico Ghirlandaio
Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Saving a Ship Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia)
Christ on the Way to Calvary Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia)
Portrait of the Toreador Jose Romero, Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
The Seesaw, Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
Purification of the Virgin, Benozzo Gozzoli
Capriccio, Francesco Guardi
Regatta in Volta di Canal, Francesco Guardi
The Meeting of Pope Pius VI and Doge Paolo Renier at San Giorgio in Alga, Francesco Guardi
Portrait of a Mother and Her Children [possibly Mrs. Weddell], George Henry Harlow
Oak, Henri-Joseph Harpignies
The Funerary Honors Rendered to Titian, Who Died in Venice during the Plague of 1576, Alexandre-Jean-Baptiste Hesse
Noah's Ark, Edward Hicks
The Peaceable Kingdom, Edward Hicks
Landscape near Medfield, Massachusetts, George Inness
Short Cut, Watchung Station, New Jersey, George Inness
Sheep Leaving a Farmyard, Charles-Emile Jacque
Barn Swallows, Eastman Johnson
Portrait of Lieutenant General James Cuninghame, Angelica Kauffman
Spring, John LaFarge
Putti Playing with the Accoutrements of Hercules, Francois Lemoyne
Faust and Marguerite , Hendrik Jan August Leys
Interior of an Inn, Hendrik Jan August Leys
Bacchus and Ariadne, Gerard de Lairesse
River, Ernest Lawson
Landscape near the Harlem River, Ernest Lawson
The Catechism in the Cathedral of Milan, Alessandro Magnasco
Il Saltimbanco, Antonio Mancini
Young Boy with Toy Soldiers, Antonio Mancini
Le Bon Bock, Edouard Manet
Marine in Holland, Edouard Manet
Marine View, Edouard Manet
Portrait of Isabelle Lemonnier, Edouard Manet
The Battle of the Kearsarge and the Alabama, Edouard Manet
The Folkestone Boat, Boulogne, Edouard Manet
Canal near Rijswijk, Jacob Hendricus Maris,
The Schreierstoren, Amsterdam, Jacob Hendricus Maris
The Peacock (Portrait of a Woman), Alfred Henry Maurer
The Return of the Flock, Laren, Anton Mauve
The Virgin, Hans Memling
Mountainous Landscape with a River, Frans de Momper
Bend in the Epte River near Giverny, Claude Monet
Customhouse, Varengeville, Claude Monet
Flowers in a Vase, Claude Monet
Green Park, London, Claude Monet
Japanese Footbridge, Giverny, Claude Monet
Manne-Porte, Etretat, Claude Monet
Marine near Etretat, Claude Monet
Marine View with a Sunset, Claude Monet
Morning at Antibes, Claude Monet
Morning Haze, Claude Monet
Morning Haze, Claude Monet
Nympheas, Japanese Bridge, Claude Monet
Poplars on the Bank of the Epte River, Claude Monet
Poplars, Claude Monet
Railroad Bridge, Argenteuil, Claude Monet
The Grande Creuse at Pont de Verry, Claude Monet
The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny, Claude Monet
Boating Party, Adolphe-Joseph-Thomas Monticelli
Fruits of Early Industry and Economy, George Morland
The Happy Cottagers (The Cottage Door), George Morland
The Stagecoach, George Morland
Virgin and Child; Man of Sorrows. Allegretto Nuzi
Saint James Major. Antonio Orsini (Master of the Carminati Coronation)
Saint John the Baptist. Antonio Orsini (Master of the Carminati Coronation)
The Adoration of the Magi. Bernard van Orley
Peasants Drinking and Making Music, Adriaen van Ostade
River and Towpath, Alfred Parsons
Portrait of Colonel Lambert Cadwalader, Charles Willson Peale
Portrait of Hannah Lambert Cadwalader, Charles Willson Peale
Portrait of John and Elizabeth Lloyd Cadwalader and Their Daughter Anne, Charles Willson Peale
Portrait of John B. Bayard, Charles Willson Peale
Portrait of Martha Cadwalader Dagworthy, Charles Willson Peale
Portrait of Mrs. John B. Bayard, Charles Willson Peale
Rachel Weeping, Charles Willson Peale
Staircase Group (Portrait of Raphaelle Peale and Titian Ramsey Peale), Charles Willson Peale
Blond Boy with Primer, Peach, and Dog, Ammi Phillips
Musical Group, Callisto Piazza
Afternoon Sunshine, Pont Neuf, Camille Pissarro
Fair on a Sunny Afternoon, Dieppe, Camille Pissarro
L'Ile Lacroix, Rouen (The Effect of Fog), Camille Pissarro
Quai Napoleon, Rouen, Camille Pissarro
Summer Landscape, Eragny, Camille Pissarro
The Field and the Great Walnut Tree in Winter, Eragny, Camille Pissarro
The Birth of Venus, Nicolas Poussin
The triumph of Neptune ( The Bacchanal Richelieu), Nicolas Poussin
The Pyrenees. Henri Regnault
The Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862. Carl Rochling
Portrait of Emma Hart as Miranda [later Lady Hamilton]. George Romney
Portrait of John Wesley. George Romney
Portrait of Lady Grantham. George Romney
Portrait of Marianne Holbech. George Romney
Portrait of Mr. Adye's Children (The Willett Children). George Romney
Shepherd Girl (Little Bo-Peep). George Romney
Lamentation. Cosimo Rosselli
Carnival Evening. Henri-Julien-Felix Rousseau
Landscape with Cattle. Henri-Julien-Felix Rousseau
Still Life with Flowers. Henri-Julien-Felix Rousseau
The Merry Jesters. Henri-Julien-Felix Rousseau
Village Street. Henri-Julien-Felix Rousseau
Young Girl in Pink. Henri-Julien-Felix Rousseau
Prometheus Bound, Peter Paul Rubens
Bleaching Fields to the North-Northeast of Haarlem, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
Dunes, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
Entrance Gate of the Castle of Brederode, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
Landscape with a Waterfall, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
Hubert and Arthur, Christian Schussele
The Reconciliation of the Romans and Sabines, Jacopo da Sellaio
Banks of the Loing River, Alfred Sisley
Bridge at Moret-sur-Loing, Alfred Sisley
Landscape (Spring at Bougival) , Alfred Sisley
The Bridge at Saint-Mammes , Alfred Sisley
The Canal at Saint-Mammes, Alfred Sisley
The Seine at Billancourt, Alfred Sisley
Christ Bound and Crowned with Thorns, Andrea Solario
Virgin and Child, with a Bird and a Cat, Giovanni Martino Spanzotti
Prayer before the Meal, Jan Steen
Landscape with an Inn and Skittles, Jan Steen
Moses Striking the Rock, Jan Steen
Rhetoricians at a Window, Jan Steen
The Doctor's Visit, Jan Steen
Tavern Scene with a Pregnant Hostess, Jan Steen
The May Queen, Jan Steen
As the Old Ones Sing, So the Young Ones Pipe, Jan Steen
Departing for the Promenade Will You Go Out with Me, Fido, Alfred Émile Léopold Stevens
Scholar, Abraham van Strij
Portrait of David Montague, 2nd Baron Erskine , Gilbert Charles Stuart
Portrait of Dean Christopher Bertson , Gilbert Charles Stuart
Portrait of Frances Cadwalader Montagu, Lady Erskine , Gilbert Charles Stuart
Portrait of Mrs. Christopher Bertson , Gilbert Charles Stuart
Hound Coursing a Stag, George Stubbs
Laborers Loading a Brick Cart, George Stubbs
Officer Writing a Letter, with a Trumpeter, Gerard ter Borch the younger
Water Mill, Frits Thaulow
Saint Roch, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Sketch for The Glory of Saint Dominicó, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Sketch for Venus and Vulcanus, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Baptism of Christ and the Martyrdom of Saint James the Great, Giovanni Toscani
Christ Among the Doctors, Giovanni Toscani
Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giovanni Toscani
Ball at the Moulin Rouge, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Carriage, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Follette, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
The Burning of the Houses of Parliament, Joseph Mallord William Turner
Leashed Hounds, Constant Troyon
Villa at Caprarola, Claude-Joseph Vernet
Portrait of Anthony Reyniers and His Family, Cornelis de Vos
Street, Jacob Vrel
Portrait of George Washington, Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller
Arrangement in Black (The Lady in the Yellow Buskin), James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Nocturne, James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Note in Red: The Siesta, James Abbott McNeill Whistler
The Lady of the Lang Lijsen, James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Stonemason Resting, Gerrit van Zegelaar
The Annunciation, Francisco de Zurbaran
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. It has collections of more than 227,000 objects that include "world-class holdings of European and American paintings, prints, drawings, and decorative arts". The Main Building is visited by more than 800,000 people annually, and is located at the west end of Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Other museum sites include the Rodin Museum, also located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, across the street from the Main Building; and historic houses in Fairmount Park. The Perelman Building opened in 2007, and houses some of the more popular collections, as well as the Museum's library, with over 200,000 books and periodicals, and 1.6 million other documents.
The museum is closed on Mondays, and the basic entrance price is $20, with various concessions. The museum holds a total of about 25 special exhibitions every year, including touring exhibitions arranged with other museums in the United States and abroad. Some have an extra charge for entrance.
Philadelphia celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, America's first World's Fair. Its art building, Memorial Hall, was intended to outlast the Exhibition and house a permanent museum. Following the example of London's South Kensington Museum, the new museum was to focus on applied art and science, and provide a school to train craftsmen in drawing, painting, modeling, and designing.
The Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art opened on May 10, 1877. Its permanent collection began with objects from the Exhibition and gifts from the public impressed with the Exhibition's ideals of good design and craftsmanship. European and Japanese fine and decorative art objects and books for the Museum's library were among the first donations. The location outside of Center City, however, was fairly distant from many of the city's inhabitants. Admission was charged until 1881, then was dropped until 1962.
Starting in 1882, Clara Jessup Moore donated a remarkable collection of antique furniture, enamels, carved ivory, jewelry, metalwork, glass, ceramics, books, textiles and paintings. The Countess de Brazza's lace collection was acquired in 1894 forming the nucleus of the lace collection. In 1893 Anna H. Wilstach bequeathed a large painting collection, including many American paintings, and an endowment of half a million dollars for additional purchases. Works by James Abbott McNeill Whistler and George Inness were purchased within a few years and Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Annunciation was bought in 1899.
In the early 1900s, the Museum started an education program for the general public, as well as a membership program. Fiske Kimball was the museum director during the rapid growth of the 1920s, which included one million visitors in the new building's first year. After World War II the collections grew with gifts, such as the John D. McIlhenny and George Grey Barnard collections.
Early modern art dominated the growth of the collections in the 1950s, with acquisitions of the Louise and Walter Arensberg and the A.E. Gallatin collections. The gift of Philadelphian Grace Kelly's wedding dress is perhaps the best known gift of the 1950s.
Extensive renovation of the building lasted from the 1960s through 1976. Major acquisitions included the Carroll S. Tyson, Jr. and Samuel S. White III and Vera White collections, 71 objects from designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and Marcel Duchamp's Étant donnés. In 1976 there were celebrations and special exhibitions for the centennial of the Museum and the bicentennial of the nation. During the last three decades major acquisitions have included After the Bath by Edgar Degas and Fifty Days at Iliam by Cy Twombly.
"Plan for the Fairmount Parkway" (1917), by Jacques Gréber.
The western pediment features polychrome sculpture by Jennewein
The City Council of Philadelphia funded a competition in 1895 to design a new museum building, but it was not until 1907 that plans were first made to construct it on Fairmount, a rocky hill topped by the city's main reservoir. The Fairmount Parkway (renamed Benjamin Franklin Parkway), a grand boulevard that cut diagonally across the grid of city streets, was designed to terminate at the foot of the hill. But there were conflicting views about whether to erect a single museum building, or a number of buildings to house individual collections. The architectural firms of Horace Trumbauer and Zantzinger, Borie and Medary collaborated for more than a decade to resolve these issues. The final design is mostly credited to two architects in Trumbauer's firm: Howell Lewis Shay for the building's plan and massing, and Julian Abele for the detail work and perspective drawings.
Construction of the Main Building began in 1919, when Mayor Thomas B. Smith laid the cornerstone in a Masonic ceremony. Because of shortages caused by World War I and other delays, the new building was not completed until 1928. The facade and columns are made of Minnesota dolomite.
The wings were built first, which helped assure funding for the completion of the design.
The building's eight pediments were intended to be adorned with sculpture groups. The only pediment that has been completed, "Western Civilization" (1933) by C. Paul Jennewein, features his polychrome sculptures of painted terra-cotta figures, depicting Greek deities and mythological figures. It was completed in 1933 and garnered much praise when it was unveiled.
The building is also adorned by a collection of bronze griffins, which were adopted as the symbol of the museum in the 1970s.
The Main Building was once derided as the "Great Greek garage", but now is fondly nicknamed the "Parthenon on the Parkway".
See also: List of artists in the Philadelphia Museum of Art handbook of the collections
Henry Ossawa Tanner's Annunciation, acquired in 1899
Pablo Picasso, 1921, Nous autres musiciens (Three Musicians), oil on canvas, 204.5 x 188.3 cm
The Museum houses more than 227,000 objects showing the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century CE and those of Asia since the third millennium BCE. Though the Museum houses over 200 galleries spanning 2,000 years, it does not have any galleries devoted to Egyptian, Roman, or Pre-Columbian art. This is because a partnership between the Museum and the University of Pennsylvania had been enacted early in the Museum's history. The University loaned the Museum its collection of Chinese porcelain, and the Museum loaned a majority of its Roman, Pre-Columbian, and Egyptian pieces to the University. However, the Museum keeps a few important pieces for special exhibitions.
Highlights of the Asian collections include paintings and sculpture from China, Japan, and India; furniture and decorative arts, including major collections of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; a large and distinguished group of Persian and Turkish carpets; and rare and authentic architectural assemblages such as a Chinese palace hall, a Japanese teahouse, and a sixteenth-century Indian temple hall.
The European collections, dating from the medieval era to the present, encompass Italian and Flemish early-Renaissance masterworks; strong representations of later European paintings, including French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism; sculpture, with a special concentration in the works of Auguste Rodin; decorative arts; tapestries; furniture; the second-largest collection of arms and armor in the United States; and period rooms and architectural settings ranging from the facade of a medieval church in Burgundy to a superbly decorated English drawing room by Robert Adam.
The museum's American collections, surveying three centuries of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, are among the finest in the United States, with outstanding strengths in 18th- and 19th-century Philadelphia furniture and silver, Pennsylvania German art, rural Pennsylvania furniture and ceramics, and the paintings of Thomas Eakins. The museum houses the most important Eakins collection in the world.
Modern artwork includes works by Pablo Picasso, Jean Metzinger, Antonio Rotta, Albert Gleizes, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí and Constantin Brâncuși, as well as American modernists. The expanding collection of contemporary art includes major works by Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, and Sol LeWitt, among many others.
The museum houses encyclopedic holdings of costume and textiles, as well as prints, drawings, and photographs that are displayed in rotation for reasons of preservation.
The Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Collection
Set of half-armor, Milan, Italy, ca.1600.
The museum also houses the armor collection of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch. The Von Kienbusch collection was bequeathed by the celebrated collector to the museum in 1976, the Bicentennial Anniversary of the American Revolution. The Von Kienbusch holdings are comprehensive and include European and Southwest Asian arms and armor spanning several centuries.
On May 30, 2000, the museum and the State Art Collections in Dresden, Germany (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), announced an agreement for the return of five pieces of armor stolen from Dresden during World War II. In 1953, Von Kienbusch had unsuspectingly purchased the armor, which was part of his 1976 bequest. Von Kienbusch published catalogs of his collection, which eventually led Dresden authorities to bring the matter up with the museum.
Surreal entrance display for the 2005 Salvador Dalí exhibition, including the steps of the museum
Each year the Museum puts on 25 or more special exhibitions. Some of the larger and more famous special exhibitions, which have attracted hundreds of thousands of people from every state and around the world, include shows featuring Paul Cézanne (in 1996, attracting 548,000, and 2009) and Salvador Dalí (in 2005, attracting 370,000).
The rear entrance covered during construction in 2008
Due to high attendance and overflowing collections, the Museum announced in October 2006 that Frank Gehry would design a building expansion. The 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) gallery will be built entirely underground behind the "Rocky Steps" and will not alter any of the museum's existing Greek revival facade. The construction is projected to last a decade and cost $500 million. It will increase the museum's available display space by sixty percent and house mostly contemporary sculpture, Asian art, and special exhibitions.
Uncertainty was cast on the plans by the 2008 death of Anne d'Harnoncourt, but new director Timothy Rub, who had initiated a 350-million dollar expansion at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will be carrying out the plans as scheduled. In 2010, Gehry attended the groundbreaking for the second phase of the expansion, due to be completed in 2012. In this phase, a ground level entrance that had been replaced by a loading dock will be reclaimed, and will lead to a 500-foot-long arcaded hallway. Construction of the main new galleries will start after the completion of the second phase. Said Gehry: "When it's done, people coming to this museum will have an experience that's as big as Bilbao. It won't be apparent from the outside, but it will knock their socks off inside."
The most controversial part of the Gehry design remains a proposed window and amphitheater to be cut into the "Rocky" steps. Others have criticized the design as too tame. The Gehry expansion is projected to be completed by 2028.
Relationship to Philadelphia
The British poster for Rocky, showing Rocky at the top of the Rocky Steps.
Besides being known for its architecture and collections, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has in recent decades become known due to the role it played in the Rocky films – Rocky (1976) and four of its five sequels, II, III, V and Rocky Balboa. Visitors to the museum are often seen mimicking Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)'s famous run up the front steps, now known widely as the "Rocky Steps". Screen Junkies named the "Rocky Steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the second most famous movie location behind only Grand Central Station in New York.
Live 8 At the Philadelphia Museum of Art. July 2, 2005
A bronze statue of Rocky was briefly placed at the top of the steps for the filming of Rocky III and later moved to the Spectrum after Stallone donated the statue to the city of Philadelphia. The statue was returned to the steps for the film Rocky V, and also appears in the movies Philadelphia and Mannequin. On September 8, 2006, a ceremony marked its relocation to the foot of the steps in the gardens adjacent to Eakins Oval prior to the demolition of the Spectrum.
Because of its location at the end of the Franklin Parkway, the museum provides the backdrop for many public events, including concerts and parades. On July 2, 2005, the steps of the museum played host to the Philadelphia venue of Live 8, where artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Linkin Park and Maroon 5 performed. The museum closed for Live 8, but reopened at regular hours the following day. The Philadelphia Freedom Concert was held two days later, with a Ball beforehand at the museum.
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