Crossing Borders: Painting in the Crown of Aragon, 1400–1500
Gallery 273, 2nd floor
The Crown of Aragon, a vast Mediterranean region encompassing much of present-day Spain and Italy, was a cosmopolitan kingdom characterized by a dynamic international network of artists and patrons. Encounter one of the most impressive collections outside of Spain of paintings from the Crown, thanks to the generosity of Philadelphia collector John G. Johnson (1841–1917).
Curator’s Choice: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Acquired 1986–2018
Korman Galleries 121–123, 1st floor
Before her retirement in June 2018, Innis Shoemaker, the Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, was asked to select for display some of her favorite works of art acquired by the museum during her tenure as curator (1986–2018). Explore her selection of over 50 works on paper whose subjects range from portraits to nature to the abstract.
Artists and Artisans of African Descent
Fernberger Family Gallery 108, 1st floor
Discover the literal and symbolic marks left on early American art by makers of African descent. Both enslaved and free, these often-uncredited artists and artisans played a fundamental part in the American story while finding ways to protect themselves against racist views. Their surviving works present undeniable evidence of their expertise.
Made by Hand: Contemporary Korean Craft
Baldeck Gallery 238, 2nd floor
Experience the past and the present coming together in contemporary Korean craft. These featured artists find inspiration in Korea’s acclaimed tradition of handmade objects and add their own visual language to the rich mix of techniques, materials, and forms.
Philadelphia Collects Meiji
Galleries 241–243, 2nd floor
Discover highlights from four American collectors whose works in the Museum span the impressive craftsmanship of the Meiji period (1868–1912).
Diego Rivera: Frescoes
Black and Gallos Gallery 173, 1st floor
Experience two vibrant murals by Diego Rivera, both based on full-scale frescoes he had painted in his home country of Mexico.
Gallery 181, 1st floor
“I want to assassinate painting.” With this radical declaration, Spanish painter Joan Miró revolted against traditional painting. Explore some of his most aggressively experimental works—or as he called them, “anti-paintings”—in this installation.
Baroque: The Art of Drama
Gallery 258, 2nd floor
Experience the grandeur and theatricality of the Baroque style. See how painters and sculptors of the 1600s incorporated dramatic forms and subjects into their work.
Gallery 171, 1st floor
Contemporary artist Bruce Nauman has consistently questioned the definition of art, the structure of language, and the limits of perception. In this installation, explore a sampling of his work—from neon signs and video to fiberglass sculpture—which has influenced several generations of artists across the world.
The Art of the Peales
Flammer Gallery 102 and Galleries 107 & 109, 1st floor
Delight in our unparalleled collection of works by America’s first artistic dynasty, the Peale family. In this selection, see how the Peales captured family life, documented important figures of the day, and established the American still-life tradition.
Literati Pursuits: Chinese Paintings and Objects from the Scholar’s Study
Hollis Scholar’s Study 240 & 240a, 2nd floor
Explore our Chinese scholar’s study alongside innovative objects by contemporary artist Wang Qin, who pays tribute to the Chinese tradition of calligraphy with glass works that appear to be brushed with abstract ink patterns. Browse all the objects in the scholar’s study >>
Chinese Buddhist Art
Hollis Baldeck Gallery 239, 2nd floor
Explore Buddhist sculpture from China as well as an ornate ceiling from the Zhihua temple in Beijing. Also be among the first visitors to enjoy our latest gallery interactive, which allows you to zoom in and marvel at the ceiling’s carvings of dragons, phoenixes, and Buddhas. Browse more works in this installation >>
Fifty Days at Iliam
Gray Charitable Trust Galleries 184 & 185, 1st floor
Experience Cy Twombly’s ambitious retelling of Homer’s Iliad. A “painting in ten parts” about the final days of the Trojan War, Fifty Days at Iliam represents the pinnacle of the artist’s lifelong preoccupation with classical mythology.
Galleries 186 & 187, 1st floor
See how modern artists like Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and David Alfaro Siqueiros created innovative works that reflect Mexico’s history, tradition, and identity.
Wear Words: Text in Fashion
Costume & Textiles Study Gallery, 2nd floor, Perelman Building
Text on clothing can communicate many things. It can summon a memory, proclaim beliefs or affiliations, or challenge the status quo. This installation explores various intersections of text and fashion, from intimate to in-your-face. View more objects in this gallery >>
Drawing Room from a New York Town House
Gallery 265, second floor
Explore this luxurious space, which stands as a rare document of life during the Gilded Age. Originally installed in the New York town house of heiress Eleanore Elkins Rice in the 1920s, this elegant gallery features a distinguished collection of French furniture, porcelain, and textiles of the 1700s. It is the only historic interior in the Museum’s collection with its original furnishings. View more objects in this gallery>>