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Museum Publications

The Publishing Department supports the museum’s mission to extend the reach of its collections and exhibitions to a diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination, and lifelong learning. We further scholarly study through the publication of in-depth collection and exhibition catalogues, develop popular books and handbooks, and collaborate with our colleagues in the creation of innovative new digital publishing platforms.

Past issues of the museum’s Bulletin publication (1903–2012) are available through JSTOR.

A selection of fully digitized exhibition and collection catalogs published by the museum between 1936 and 2000 are available on Archive.org.

New Releases

Explore vibrant works of art to discover the many ways artists use color to help us see and think in new ways. Can colors make us feel cold or warm? Why do some colors seem louder than others? What do different colors remind you of? What Can Colors Do? is a playful introduction to color theory that opens our eyes to the beauty and complexity of the hues all around us. Published by Princeton Architectural Press with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Edmond Foulc’s renowned collection of medieval and Renaissance decorative arts attracted collectors and connoisseurs to his Parisian residence. Yet today Foulc is little known outside his native France, and the true reach of his collecting is little understood. This publication tells for the first time the story of his collection.
Bringing together two things children love, Armor & Animals provides an entryway into the world of art. Drawing on the armor collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a favorite of its young visitors, museum educator Liz Yohlin Baill compares the remarkable helmets, shields, and more to the shells, scales, and spikes that protect animals. Designed for children ages four to eight, Armor & Animals pairs lively text with bright, modern graphics and real-life armor to inform children about art and animals in tandem. Published by Princeton Architectural Press with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This volume provides an important resource for scholars of American furniture, illuminates the cultural and mercantile life of the fledgling nation, and offers a lively introduction to the donors, curators, and personalities who have shaped the institution from its earliest days to the present.
In a sustained exploration of the possibilities of abstraction, Sean Scully (b. 1945) has created a rich body of work throughout his fifty-year career. Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas sets his entire output within a detailed biographical framework, closely examining the relationship between the artist’s paintings and his lesser-known drawings, pastels, watercolors, and prints—areas of Scully’s production that are rarely considered together. At the heart of the book is an investigation of the development and reception of Scully’s work based on historical and contemporary reviews as well as extensive interviews with the artist.