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Original Item Information

Project: Philadelphia Art Museum

Image Title: Art Museum North Wing Pediment

Local ID Number: 76-PC-005-001

Creator (i.e., draftsman, photographer, architect, etc.): Lutz, K. F., Photographer

Comments: "Philadelphia Art Museum. Fairmount, Philadelphia.

The sculptured pediment is the work of Paul Jennewein.

This feature of 13 free standing figures, is used for the first time in over 2,000 years on a major building as a decoration, as it was on the temples and other classic buildings erected by the Greeks.

However, this modern work in polychromy is done in ceramic glaces, while the ancients used perishable pigments.

The figures are mythological and the central figure, which is 12 feet high, represents the Creative Force, or the Will of Man, while the others signify the good and evil forces beneath the development of art and civilization. It is 70 feet wide at the base."

Collection: Karl Lutz Collection
Institution: Athenaeum of Philadelphia

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