Saturday, June 22, 2013

Philadelphia Museum of Art


An excellent art museum - too big to do in one day, so the tickets are for two days. Very monumental, and as the scene in the Rocky movie put the museum on the map there is a statue of the character - not Sylvester Stallone - that people line up to see. I wondered whether 90% of the visitors leave after having their photo taken with Rocky :-)

The museum is very richly endowed with Van Goghs, Picassos, Renoirs and Monets. Some I recognised, some I didn't, but there was a genuine attempt on the part of the museum to be comprehensive.


There was a nice Gustav Klimt 

matched, appropriately, with an Egon Scheile. 


 I quite liked a series of early American art, especially a good collection of paintings and antiques from the life of Charles Willson Peale. Apart from paintings, there was some spectacular, lavish furniture and silverware.


The modern painters were very well represented, some nice Man Ray and a token Warhol:


and a Roy Lichtenstein




 However the surprising thing was bumping into Rolling Stones' stalwart Ronnie Wood and entourage looking around the Renoirs. The Stones had this week played two dates in Philly at exhorbitant ticket prices so perhaps he was shopping :-)

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