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tympanum - Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Echoing the design of a Greek temple but of more massive Roman proportions, the Museum building is considered one of the crowning achievements of the city beautiful movement in architecture in the early part of the twentieth century. It is constructed of pure Minnesota dolomite, with glazed blue roof tiles embellished with polychrome finials and pediments. Covering ten acres of ground, it contains over 200 galleries. Of special interest on the exterior of the building is the group of polychrome terracotta sculptures in the tympanum of the pediment on the North Wing, which was designed by sculptor C. Paul Jennewein and installed in 1933. This marked the Museum as the first major building in over 2,000 years to adapt polychromy in this manner. In ancient Greek architecture, however, the architectural ornament and sculpture in terracotta and stone were painted with perishable pigments, while those of the Museum are of ceramic glazes. The completed tympanum encompasses ten free-standing figures, mythological Greek gods and goddesses signifying sacred and profane love. Executed in brilliant colors and gold glazes, the tympanum is seventy-feet wide at its base above the supporting columns, rising to twelve feet in height at the center. It is an outstanding example of ceramic art in color. Jennewein also modeled the bronze doors of the elevators inside the Museum, while the octagonal bronze basin for the great fountain on the East Terrace, with bas-reliefs depicting Courtship, was designed by the Philadelphia sculptor Henry Mitchell (1915–1980) and installed in 1958. The acroteria of the roof are adorned with bronze griffins, seated with one paw outstretched or standing watchfully. This mythological creature, traditionally a guardian of treasure, has served as the symbol of the Museum since the 1970s. - www.philamuseum.org/information/45-229-25.html
Vanquishing Evil. Jacques Lipschitz (1891-1973), Prometheus Strangling the Vulture (1944), Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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My Dashing Spruce Friend in Philadelphia took me out to The Barnes Foundation to look at an amazing array of Post-Impressionist Painters - among many others: Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir. I noticed, too, that the museum has ceramic tiles designed by Jacques Lipschitz (1891-1973) in 1924. A day earlier I'd been mind-boggled by this stunning 'Prometheus Strangling the Vulture' (1944) by Lipschitz at the east entrance to the neo-classical, temple-like Museum of Art. The sculpture - though in black - is an optimistic account - in 1944! - of independent humankind overcoming the forces of evil. It's in marked contrast with more traditional renditions of the Prometheus story. Prometheus, of course, is the Hero who against the strictest orders of the Greek gods brings down fire from heaven to help humans on this Cold Earth. As an awful punishment of the angry gods, he's then tied to a boulder where in all eternity his liver is being ripped out of him by Vultures. The Good thus chastised by Evil. Within the museum there's a decorative rendition of this sad story, It's the so-called Prometheus Vase, designed by Victor Etienne Simyon (1826-1886), decorated by Silas Rice (1821-1873) and produced by the Minton Factories in England in 1867. The Vase is topped by a ferocious Vulture tearing into the body of a supine and suffering Hero Prometheus shackled to a boulder. But out in the sunlight, optimism prevailed, especially when I searched the Schuylkill Riverbanks for early Spring flowers... For those curious about the photo: the letters at the top of the portico are part of the word 'Fashion'. There was a show here on 'art to fashion' (which I didn't go to see). Incidentally, in Japan - where I expect to be in a week or so - 'shi' has connotations of 'duty', 'honor', 'self-sacrifice'; they seem fitting to the Prometheus story.
The Moorish Chief
Made by ken m photography
The Moorish Chief - 1878 Eduard Charlemont, Austrian, 1848 - 1906 Oil on panel 59 1/8 x 38 1/2 inches Standing in front of an arch that closely resembles the architecture of the Alhambra in Spain, the Moorish chief exudes power and mystery. This painting was probably shown at the Paris Salon exhibition of 1878 with the title Le Gardien du serail (The Harem Guard). Charlemont was a Viennese artist known primarily for his nudes and portraits. While this subject was unusual for him, it was very popular in Europe at the time. The exotically elusive yet strongly suggestive effect of this picture is demonstrated by the migration of its title. Shown at the Paris Salon in 1878 as The Guardian of the Seraglio, it was purchased by John G. Johnson in 1892 as The Alhambra Guard and published by him in 1914 as The Moorish Chief, the name that has stuck. Thus from its earliest days something about this image of a commanding black man, sword bared, who stands before a space modeled on the Alhambra in Spain, impelled both a clarification of his role and an elevation of his rank. Only part of Eduard Charlemont's career was given over to the popular genre of Orientalist painting, which represented subjects drawn from North Africa and the Middle East. Perhaps it was his Austrian background that spawned a kind of overripe hot-house style in his work that saved him from falling into the all-too-conventional drawing-room titillation that plagued Orientalism as a genre. Here his sense of staging is perfect, and his leading man a star. - Joseph J. Rishel, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 198.
Statue Rocky Balboa (Philadelphia)
Made by EricK_1968
(Robert) Rocky Balboa was born in 1946 as the only child to a Roman Catholic Italian-American family. Up to 1975, Balboa was living in the slums of the Kensington section of Philadelphia, working as an enforcer for a local loan shark while at the same time fighting the local club circuit, including the Cambria Fight Club, nicknamed The Bucket of Blood. By this time, Rocky had fought in 64 fights, winning 44 (38 knockouts) and losing 20 (as directly mentioned in Rocky). His previous fight was a second round knockout over local fighter Spider Rico. Balboa got his big break when the undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) decided that he wanted to give an unknown fighter a chance to fight for the title after his intended challenger, Mac Lee Green, broke his hand while training. After getting picked by Apollo, Rocky reunites with his estranged trainer, grizzled former boxer Mickey Goldmill, who convinces Rocky that he can help get him prepared for this fight. At the same time Rocky begins dating shy pet-shop worker Adrian Peninno (Talia Shire), younger sister of his friend Paulie (Burt Young). On January 1, 1976 at the Philadelphia Spectrum, Balboa fought with Creed. Creed, who didn't take the fight seriously during training, soon realized that while Rocky didn't have his skill, he had a punch like a concrete block and was determined not to quit even when Mickey told him to. Although Creed won the fight by a split decision, it was the first time an opponent had lasted the full 15 rounds against Creed, and both men, battered beyond belief, agreed that there would be no rematch. wikipedia
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Artist: Sir Jacob Epstein Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art: West Entrance Unveiled in 1955 With his work Social Consciousness, Sir Jacob Epstein gave Philadelphia his vision of the pain endemic to human affairs, and the compassion and sympathy necessary to console those in pain. The Mother Eternal, the bronze statue in the middle, leaves her arms outstretched to accept the world. The Great Consoler, flanking the Mother Eternal on the left, gives compassion to the youth in pain. On her other hand, Succor accepts the young man when he needs support the most (1). Jacob Epstein's work had been the subject of controversy for his entire career. Epstein was born in New York, and he moved to London as a young man. He held a particular interest in images of fertility and maternity. Many of his public commissions aroused such descriptions as vile, ugly, and vulgar (1). When Epstein's work was unveiled in 1955, a veteran's organization and newspaper reporters condemned the work. While critics have complained that the figures look unnatural and awkward, Epstein believed everyone would understand the symbolism of Social Consciousness in his figures (1) (2). (1) Bach, Penny Balkin. Public Art in Philadelphia. Temple U. Press. Philadelphia. 1992: 242 (2) Brenner, Roslyn F. Philadelphia's Outdoor Art. Camino Books. Philadelphia. 1987: 24
Into the Night
Made by photos by yabi
There is something magical when you close your eyes and stand in a dark alleyway with the lights of a city shining down on your face. The illumination shines down on you like rays from the sun. Thoughts race through your mind. First you may be scared, will anyone hurt or rob me? But forget those thoughts and let your mind wander long enough you'll start thinking about all the people in the city. Hundreds of people living their lives inside the very building that cast down it's rays upon you. Some of those people are with their families, staying up late - maybe watching TV. Some of them are alone, maybe sleeping next to their pet dog or cat. Some people are hurting, some people are making love. As your senses heighten you start to hear the city. You fell motion. You put sounds with people. People to the motions. You realize it's everyone in the city that's providing the source of light that shines down on your very face. You feel like the city is alive, filled with energy. The city becomes you. Now open your eyes... ------- This shot was taken at the Philadelphia Art Museum. It is my understanding that Philadelphia lights the cross here for the families in Japan. I took this using a tripod and a Nikon D7000 using a 35mm f/1.8 lens at f/13, 10s, 100ISO. Post photography using Photoshop CS5.
A Silent Night...
Made by darth_bayne
Hey peeps, I decided to make another Silent night photo this year as well. But instead of going with another IR, this is just a normal picture. Well not exactly normal. I added the stars and north star in the photo using the same technique I used in the last picture. All done in photoshop. I felt like I really got lucky with this shot. there was a group of people leaving the Art Museum when I was taking this photo. Then one person decided to just sit and look up at the building. Just long enough for me to capture them in the picture :-) So I want to wish those of you who celebrate Christmas a merry one, and those of you who do not Happy holidays. May this time with your family be a special one. Take care everyone! And I'll be visiting your photostream very very soon! To see in Large Which I recommend: About the Photo: A Panoramic photo that was taken at the Art museum. This Panoramic shot is composed of three photos. The photos were then stitched together in Photoshop and then processed. Stars were later added in photoshop as well. ***All Rights are Reserved. If you are interested in using any of my photos for any reason please contact me via email***
Art institute comes alive (1/2)
Made by Thiophene_Guy
View On Black A museum is only alive when people visit. This idea seemed best represented by colored ghosts of the live crowd in the black & white museum. Digital Harris shutter effect made by combining different RGB color layers from three sequentially shot frames. For the curious, this is the Philadelphia, museum of art.
The Lion Fighter - Philadelphia, PA
Made by ken m photography
Press L to for better view. The original Lion Fighter sits as a companion piece to Auguste Kiss's Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther on the steps of the National Museum in Berlin. The Fairmount Park Art Association purchased the original plaster cast for The Lion Fighter in 1889 and placed it in Memorial Hall for public viewing, along with a plaster version of the Amazon. This bronze was cast locally by the Bureau Brothers in 1892 for exhibition at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. When returned to Philadelphia, it was installed on a jutting rock on East River Drive. It was moved to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1929, where - as in Berlin - it accompanies a bronze cast of the Amazon. The sculptor was Albert Wolff (1814-1892) and the Bureau Brothers was the founder. The original was created in 1858, cast in 1892, relocated 1897 and relocated again in 1929. Like the other sculpture, this one also has a limestone base and the statue is of bronze. The sculpture is approximately 168 x 169 x 100 inches and the base is approximately 204 x 165 1/2 x 122 1/2 inches. www.waymarking.com
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Tympanum
Made by Itinerant Wanderer
From the Museum’s Website: Of special interest on the exterior of the building is the group of polychrome terracotta sculptures in the tympanum of the pediment on the North Wing, which was designed by sculptor C. Paul Jennewein and installed in 1933. This marked the Museum as the first major building in over 2,000 years to adapt polychromy in this manner. In ancient Greek architecture, however, the architectural ornament and sculpture in terracotta and stone were painted with perishable pigments, while those of the Museum are of ceramic glazes. The completed tympanum encompasses ten free-standing figures, mythological Greek gods and goddesses signifying sacred and profane love. Executed in brilliant colors and gold glazes, the tympanum is seventy-feet wide at its base above the supporting columns, rising to twelve feet in height at the center. It is an outstanding example of ceramic art in color. www.philamuseum.org/information/45-229-25.html
Diana the Huntress
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Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American (born Ireland), 1848 - 1907 Copper sheets Height: 14 feet 6 inches (442 cm) The celebrated sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens created Diana as a weathervane for the second Madison Square Garden building in New York City, designed by his equally renowned friend and frequent collaborator, the architect Stanford White. Saint-Gaudens’s graceful rendering of the Roman goddess of the hunt makes reference to classical sculpture, but her athletic fitness and elongated proportions are strikingly modern. The figure was originally gilded and fitted with a billowing drapery to catch the wind. On her 300-foot-high tower, Diana became the highest point in the city and was the area’s first statue to be lit at night by electricity. Diana remained a New York landmark until the structure was torn down in 1925 and the sculpture acquired by this Museum. www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/44513.html
Kite Over Philadelphia Art Museum
Made by Wind Watcher
Wow – World Wide KAP Weekend. Enjoyed just about every minute. The journey started at 6 AM on Friday morning May 2, 2008 on my way to Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque, New Mexico to try some “Peak KAPing” with my newly tested high wind rig. Only to end up with a three minute kite flight, a kite in a tree on top of the mountain and 2 useable pictures. (kite latter retrieved just in time to catch a departing flight). Fog KAPing was next in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania on Saturday May 3, 2008 (the fog later cleared). A photo of my KAPing kites is included (can you name each of them? Spot the new addition?) Philadelphia Urban KAPing was next on Sunday May 4, 2008 with a short 40 minute flight in downtown next to the Philadelphia Art Museum (remember the movie Rocky….same steps). New York City is next….on Monday….May 5, 2008….stay tuned. P. S. the Kite Ariel Video (KAV) taken on each of these KAP sessions is worth watching if you are looking for something a little different. Link:
photo exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Made by alankin
Visitors at the exhibit: Dreaming in Black and White: Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery. Celebrating the centenary of the birth of prominent art dealer Julien Levy (1906-1981), the exhibit includes photos sixty photographers, including Walker Evans, George Platt Lynes, Lee Miller, Man Ray, Charles Sheeler, Ralph Steiner, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dora Maar, Roger Parry, Maurice Tabard, László Moholy-Nagy, Umbo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and Emilio Amero. Highly recommended if you're in the area. (And if you don't get to see it before it closes on 9/17, you can take a look at the catalog.) (Side note: I was told I couldn't take any photos here because it was a special exhibition, so I stopped after this one. I can almost understand if the exhibit has loan works, but all the photos in this show were from the museum's collection!)
someone else too photographically sensitive to run the stairs
Made by incendiarymind
When I got off the tour bus at the first of two Philadelphia Museum of Art Museum stops, the tour guide said to me, you know before you go there's another set of stairs where you don't have to climb 98 steps. Having taken the trolley past both stops a couple of hours before, I said, I know. The tour guide said to me, you're going to run the stairs aren't you? The tone in her voice made it sound like almost a crime to do so. I had no intention of running the stairs so I said the truth, I'm going to take pictures of people running the stairs. She said, now that's what I'm talking about, someone else taking a photo of people doing something easy. Of course I wasn't the only one who had the same idea. This guy was slowly climbing up the stairs to do the same thing from the same vantage point. RATING NOTES 38/50 on Rate My Candid Captured Photo (7.6) 34/50 on Score Me! (6.8)
Diana, Goddess of the Hunt
Made by randyg88
Sculpture in the Philadelphia Museum of Art entry hall. From the Philadelphia Museum of Art website: The celebrated sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens created Diana as a weathervane for the second Madison Square Garden building in New York City, designed by his equally renowned friend and frequent collaborator, the architect Stanford White. Saint-Gaudens’s graceful rendering of the Roman goddess of the hunt makes reference to classical sculpture, but her athletic fitness and elongated proportions are strikingly modern. The figure was originally gilded and fitted with a billowing drapery to catch the wind. On her 300-foot-high tower, Diana became the highest point in the city and was the area’s first statue to be lit at night by electricity. Diana remained a New York landmark until the structure was torn down in 1925 and the sculpture acquired by this Museum.
The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths 1967
Made by ken m photography
Neon 59 x 55 x 2 inches Bruce Nauman, American, born 1941 The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), one of Nauman’s first neons, is a founding work in his career. Hijacking a medium generally associated with the tawdry (cheap motels, shop windows, and bars), Nauman's sign advertises a metaphysical and deeply personal message as if it were for sale. Throughout his long and illustrious career, Nauman has examined the role and responsibilities of the artist. The title statement of this poetic spiral is neither entirely facetious nor completely serious, and the contradictions embodied in the piece yield an ambiguity that is both playful and profound. www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/31965.html?mulR...|5
Waistcoat corselet with pauldrons
Made by THoog
Germany (Cologne[Köln]), 1571. For use on a ship. The breastplate is hinged at the sides, opens down the middle, and secures with the buttons. From the museum description: Inscribed (translated): in the year 71 this harness was wrought in Cologne for the shipman Cun[t]z van Unckel to wear in battle and strife as God may will, in the year 1571 This corselet is the only surviving armor in the world identified as having been made in Cologne - a leading center of armor production in Europe. Its construction, which imitates a civilian waistcoat, and the composition of its etched ornamentation suggest some of the stylistic influences from Italian armor that often passed through Cologne on the way to England and the Low Countries (present day Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium).
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The celebrated sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens created Diana as a weathervane for the second Madison Square Garden building in New York City, designed by his equally renowned friend and frequent collaborator, the architect Stanford White. Saint-Gaudens’s graceful rendering of the Roman goddess of the hunt makes reference to classical sculpture, but her athletic fitness and elongated proportions are strikingly modern. The figure was originally gilded and fitted with a billowing drapery to catch the wind. On her 300-foot-high tower, Diana became the highest point in the city and was the area’s first statue to be lit at night by electricity. Diana remained a New York landmark until the structure was torn down in 1925 and the sculpture acquired by The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Lights to Will
Made by photos by yabi
William Penn (October 14, 1644 – July 30, 1718) was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, and founder and absolute proprietor of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was an early champion of democracy and religious freedom, notable for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Indians. Under his direction, the city of Philadelphia was planned and developed. Do you ever think Will's vision of Philadelphia included skyscapers and produce over $380 billion gross domestic product. Taken at the Philadelphia Art Museum (on the Rocky steps) with Nikon D7000 using 35mm f/1.8G at f/16, 10s, 100ISO.
Made by Viejito
Some of the artwork at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is slightly avant-garde... This one is a product of Piero Manzoni (Count Meroni Manzoni di Chiosca e Poggiolo (1933-1963)). He produced and canned 90 of these in May 1961, 30g each, intended to be sold at the price of 30g of gold, and they were very accurately described by some art critics... The ink ran out a little... maybe due to the content of the can... — oh, all right, I'll admit it: the picture is probably blurry because I took it at 1/8 sec. and do not have image stabilization... or because the glass cage around the “art” was not of good optical quality...;-)
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