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Wikipedia Description: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art, located at the west end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, was established in 1876 in conjunction with the Centennial Exposition of the same year and is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. Originally the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, its founding was inspired by the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in London, which grew out of the Great Exhibition of 1851. It is known locally and colloquially as "The Art Museum." The museum opened its doors to the public on May 10, 1877, originally housed in Memorial Hall. While the location was adequate, it was isolated from the bulk of the city.
Construction of the current building began in 1919 with Mayor Thomas B. Smith laying the corner stone in a Masonic ceremony on the former reservoir land of the decommissioned Fairmount Water Works covering ten acres of ground. The first section was completed in the spring of 1928. The quasi-Greek Revival design was produced by Horace Trumbauer and the firm of Zantzinger, Borie and Medary. The fašade of the building is made of Minnesota dolomite. The side facing the parkway is adorned with sculptures depicting Greek gods and goddesses. There is also a collection of griffins, which were adopted as the symbol of the museum in the 1970s.
For the better part of a century the McIlhenny family held an important relationship with the museum. Henry P. McIlhenny was involved for almost half a century, first as curator from 1939 - 1964, then as chairman of the board in 1976 until his death in 1986, when he left the bulk of his estate to the museum.
The institution describes itself as being "one of the largest museums in the United States", and its collections include more than 225,000 objects, although the institution has no galleries devoted to Greek, Roman or Egyptian art ...More...
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2010_PA_PMA_Tapestry: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Great Hall Tapestries (8 photos from 2010)
2010_PA_PMA_Main: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Miscellaneous (35 photos from 2010)
2010_PA_PMA_Eur1850: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- European Art 1850-1900 (233 photos from 2010)
2010_PA_PMA_Eur1100: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- European Art 1100-1500 (163 photos from 2010)
2010_PA_PMA_Contemp: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Modern and Contemporary Art (97 photos from 2010)
2010_PA_PMA_Asia: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Asia (98 photos from 2010)
2007_PA_PMA_Tapestry: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Great Hall Tapestries (4 photos from 2007)
2007_PA_PMA_Main: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Miscellaneous (15 photos from 2007)
2007_PA_PMA_Eur1850: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- European Art 1850-1900 (87 photos from 2007)
2007_PA_PMA_Eur1500: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- European Art 1500-1850 (131 photos from 2007)
2007_PA_PMA_Eur1100: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- European Art 1100-1500 (25 photos from 2007)
2007_PA_PMA_Contemp: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Modern and Contemporary (29 photos from 2007)
2007_PA_PMA_Asia: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Asia (59 photos from 2007)
2007_PA_PMA_Amer: PA -- Philadelphia Museum of Art -- American Art (88 photos from 2007)
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2007 photos: Equipment this year: I used the Fuji S9000 almost exclusively except for the period when it broke and I had to send it back for repairs. In August, I bought a Canon Rebel Xti, my first digital SLR (vs regular digital) which I tried as well but I wasn't that excited by it.
Trips this year: Two weeks down south (including Graceland, Shiloh, VIcksburg, and New Orleans), a week at a time share in Costa Rica over my 50th birthday, a week off for a family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with sidetrips to Dayton, Springfield, and Madison), a week in San Diego for the Comic-Con with a side trip to Michigan for two family reunions, a drive up to Niagara Falls, a couple of weekend jaunts including the Civil War Preservation Trust Grand Review in Vicksburg, and a December journey to three state capitols (Richmond, Raleigh, and Columbia). I saw sites in 18 states and 3 other countries this year -- the first year I'd been to more than two other countries since we lived in Venezuela when I was a little toddler.
Ego strokes: A photo that I took at the National Archives was used as the author photo on the book jacket for David A. Nichols' "A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution." I became a volunteer photographer at both Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the Civil War Preservation Trust (later renamed "Civil War Trust")..
Number of photos taken this year: 225,000.