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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.

New Releases

Building the City Beautiful by historian David Brownlee, originally published in 1989, is the definitive book on the history of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. On the occasion of the Parkway’s centennial in 2017, Brownlee has revised the publication—which has long been out of print—adding new material on the Parkway’s past and present, including stunning new color photography.
Active from the late 1700s through the early twentieth century, the Peale family was America’s first artistic dynasty. This overview presents more than 150 works by the Peales in a variety of media from the renowned collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Author Carol Eaton Soltis traces the family’s history and reveals how the Peales’ energy, innovation, and entrepreneurship paved the way for generations of American artists.
Available February 2018

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s first online scholarly publication, The John G. Johnson Collection: A History and Selected Works sheds new light on a signature collection of European and American art through interpretive essays, detailed analyses of 70 artworks, and integrated archival materials.
Featuring the work of more than 120 artists, including Casper David Friedrich, Ludwig Emil Grimm, Joseph Anton Koch, Philipp Otto Runge, and Johann Gottfried Schadow, this authoritative book contains many unique and never-before-published examples of prints from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s unrivaled collection.
The formation of the American Watercolor Society in 1866 by a small, dedicated group of painters transformed the perception of what had long been considered a marginal medium. Artists of all ages, styles, and backgrounds took up watercolor in the 1870s, inspiring younger generations of impressionists and modernists. By the 1920s many would claim it as “the American medium.”

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