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<em>The Gross Clinic</em> with Timothy Rub
The Gross Clinic with Timothy Rub

Discover how this painting came to be recognized as one of America’s greatest paintings with Timothy Rub, Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

<em>Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic)</em> by Thomas Eakins
Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic) by Thomas Eakins

The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins portrays the famous surgeon, Dr. Samuel D. Gross. It was made for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, but was rejected by the jury, evidently because it was considered too frightening. Discover how it came to be recognized as one of America’s greatest paintings with Timothy Rub, Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Giorgio de Chirico, <em>The Soothsayer’s Recompense</em>
Giorgio de Chirico, The Soothsayer’s Recompense

The artist imbues the scene of the darkening piazza with a sense of foreboding.

Marcel Duchamp and the Viewer
Marcel Duchamp and the Viewer

Exploring how Duchamp's art challenges viewers is essential to understanding his creativity and much of the art of the last century. 

Horace Pippin, <em>Mr. Prejudice</em>
Horace Pippin, Mr. Prejudice

A black painter confronts white supremacy amidst the two world wars.

Juan Gris, <em>The Table</em>
Juan Gris, The Table

Which one is “true,” the one that tricks the viewer into thinking it is really there, or the one that announces itself as what it is, lines drawn on paper?

Horace Pippin, <em>Mr. Prejudice</em>
Horace Pippin, Mr. Prejudice

African Americans' ongoing fight against racism in the U.S. undermined the sense of victory in both world wars.

Hicks’s <em>The Peaceable Kingdom</em> as Pennsylvania parable
Hicks’s The Peaceable Kingdom as Pennsylvania parable

Living in peace—predator and prey, and Native Americans and settler colonists—but for how long?

Ben Shahn, Miners’ Wives
Ben Shahn, Miners’ Wives

An explosion in a mine kills 111, Shahn captures the devastation of those left behind.

John Singleton Copley, <em>Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin (Sarah Morris)</em>
John Singleton Copley, Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin (Sarah Morris)

On the eve of the American Revolution, a glimpse of politics in portraiture

Diego Rivera’s <em>Sugar Cane</em>
Diego Rivera’s Sugar Cane

A brutal history told for a modern American city, Mexican muralism in New York

An African Muslim among the founding fathers, Charles Willson Peale’s <em>Yarrow Mamout</em>
An African Muslim among the founding fathers, Charles Willson Peale’s Yarrow Mamout

How a portrait of an African Muslim came to hang side-by-side with the founding fathers in one of America's earliest museums.