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Since October, area museums have been resurrecting artists.

Paul Strand was revitalized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art; William Glackens came to life at the Barnes Foundation.

Now the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is featuring Peter Blume (1906-1992), the subject of a fascinating retrospective of 56 paintings and 103 drawings that will remain on view in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building through April 5. An abridged version of the show will travel to the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, where it will be seen from July 5 to Sept. 20.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art has published a new handbook—the first in more than 20 years—of its encyclopedic collections. Featuring some 550 masterpieces from the Museum’s world renowned holdings of Asian, European, American, and modern and contemporary art, this volume includes a broad range of media from each of the Museum’s curatorial departments, including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, the decorative arts, costumes and textiles, arms and armor, and architectural settings. Expanded entries provide in depth information on some of the most significant works, among them Thomas Eakins’s masterpiece "The Gross Clinic" (1875) and a superb man and horse armor acquired in 2009.

The introduction to the handbook, written by Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO, recounts the Museum’s institutional history and the formation and distinctive characteristics of its collection.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced the acquisition of five major French paintings as a bequest from a longtime supporter.

The works are a late Cezanne painting of Mont Sainte-Victorie, a Manet still life of fruit, a landscape and cityscape by Pissarro and a Morisot portrait. All were a bequest from Helen Tyson Madeira, who died last year.

The museum also announced that it had received two early portraits by Marcel Duchamp.

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In 1898, the then-relatively unknown black artist Henry Ossawa Tanner exhibited a monumental painting, "The Annunciation," in the annual Paris Salon, where it was viewed with enthusiasm by French critics and visiting Philadelphians.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art bought the painting in 1899 - its first purchase of work by an African American, and Tanner's first inclusion in the collection of an American museum.

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center recently made a major acquisition: "Pasturing Horses," an eighteenth-century scroll painting by Japanese artist Soga Shohaku.

The painting is a key addition to the Art Center’s impressive collection. James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the Art Center, said, “The size, quality and expression found in this work make it among the very best available.” Shohaku is one of the three key mid-Edo period painters in Kyoto known as “The Eccentrics.”  The other two artists of this group, Ito Jakuchu and Nagasawa Rosetsu, are already represented in the Center’s collection. The acquisition of this painting is “a capstone for the Center’s Japanese collection,” Mundy added.

Felice Fischer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s curator of Asian art, concurred. “'Pasturing Horses' is a showcase for Shohaku’s skills: his finely controlled brushwork, his wonderful sense of humor, and his ability to capture a whole world even on a relatively small-scale surface. His marvelous depiction of the horses’ movement and the individual expressions of the grooms speak volumes about Shohaku’s creativity.”

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In photographic wanderings around New York City, Paul Strand sometimes used a fake lens so his subjects wouldn’t know their pictures were being taken.

Partly by this means, he brought greater spontaneity and realism into the photographer’s worldview circa World War I, leading an art form that had recently imitated painting into the modern age on its own terms.

Until his death in 1976, Strand, whom the Philadelphia Museum of Art regards as “one of the greatest photographers in the history of the medium,” produced work infused with left-of-center social views and curiosity about people and localities all over the globe.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art received a $5-million grant from Gov. Tom Corbett's administration that will go toward the renovation of the museum’s main building.

The grant, announced by Susan Corbett on Thursday during a press conference, is one of the economic growth initiative grants awarded by the Corbett administration's redevelopment assistance capital program. It will go toward the museum’s $350-million renovation, designed by architect Frank Gehry, which will add more than 169,000 square feet of space, including a redesign of the "Rocky" steps.

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If you've ever been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, you know that furniture was our first art, the one in which North American makers produced work that competed in craft and originality with any in the world. David Ebner, born in 1945, places himself in this tradition when he speaks of the 1,300 or so pieces he has made in his career as "antiques of the future."

Not Ikea, in other words.

The 60 works in "David N. Ebner: 50 Years of Studio Furniture," at Moderne Gallery through Aug. 31, span his entire career, from student days until now.

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A symbol of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is once again looking radiant in bright shiny gold after a yearlong restoration.

It's the 13-foot-tall sculpture of the Roman goddess Diana in an archer's pose, ready to fire her arrow.

The sculpture has long held a place of prominence and honor in the museum's central hall.

The work by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (gaw-DEHNS') originally crowned an early venue for New York's Madison Square Garden, where it served as a weather vane starting in 1893.

After that building was demolished in 1925, the sculpture was put in storage — its gilded surface severely worn down by the elements. The museum acquired it in 1932.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art and architect Frank Gehry have unveiled a comprehensive renovation and expansion plan for the institution’s landmark building. Thanks to the exhibition “Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” visitors can catch a glimpse of the design, which involves adding 78,000-square-feet of gallery space to the museum without altering its celebrated facade. Through large-scale models, site plans, and renderings, the exhibition will help patrons visualize and understand the plan that Gehry has been developing with his creative team since 2006.

While Gehry is best known for his expressive, sculptural buildings, such as the curvilinear Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, his approach to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is considerably less dramatic. The project involves transforming the museum’s interior by renewing beloved spaces, such as the Great Stair Hall, and improving how visitors enter and move through the institution.

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