The Publishing Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art develops, produces, and publishes the Museum's books, handbooks, and collection and exhibition catalogues, as well as the Bulletin, an occasional scholarly publication. The department collaborates with other institutions on joint exhibition publications, and arranges for the distribution and co-publication of its titles in the trade in the United States and abroad.
This catalogue reconsiders the development and cultural significance of still-life painting in America, exploring renowned treasures alongside recently discovered works—some previously unpublished—in unexpected ways.
Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) proudly described his monumental painting Prometheus Bound as first among “the flower of my stock.” This singular work demonstrates how Rubens engaged with and responded to his predecessors Michelangelo and Titian, with whom he shared an interest in depictions of physical torment. The Wrath of the Gods offers an in-depth case study of the Flemish artist’s creative process and aesthetic, while also demonstrating why this particular painting has appealed to viewers over time.
The work of American photographer Dave Heath (born 1931) stuns with its emotional potency. Exploring themes of loneliness and alienation in modern society, Heath’s photographs depict strangers riding the train, watching a Thanksgiving parade, staring pensively at their dining room table, or kissing on the side of a street. Entirely self-taught, Heath stretches the boundaries of the medium and explores the potential of the photo narrative through handmade book maquettes, innovative multimedia slide presentations, and other photographic experimentations.
This publication presents the first in-depth survey of the Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection of Indian Drawings, which was recently acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This exceptional collection, which has never previously been published, consists of 65 works on paper created between the 16th and 19th centuries.
This fully updated and beautifully redesigned handbook is the essential guide to the encyclopedic collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Divided into four sections-Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Contemporary-the handbook features more than 500 masterpieces from the museum's world-renowned holdings, each handsomely illustrated in color and accompanied by a brief text written by the museum's curators.