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Collecting Mermaids at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

August 1, 2013


I wasn’t expecting to see a lot of mermaids at the Philadelphia Museum of Art but in addition to an amazing collection of Impressionists (I don’t think I’ve seen as many Monet’s in one place before), there were a few mermaids and mermen on display. I spied these tiles first on the way to the bathroom.


I really know nothing of Edvard Munch’s work except the ubiquitous “Scream” but enjoyed this commissioned mermaid. It was designed to fit in a particular place in a home and depicts a mermaid “transforming” according to the posted info.


And this split tail mermaid (like the Starbucks logo) is riding a dolphin in one of the galleries.


The museum also boasts the Rocky steps and even though it was pouring, men ran up them while their companions took photos.


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