Philadelphia Museum of Art Pediment

Historical Images of Philadelphia Philadelphiana
Philadelphia Museum of Art Pediment

Item Info

Item No: pdcp01016
Title: Philadelphia Museum of Art Pediment
Historic Street Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

This is a 1927 photograph of the model for the west pediment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The sculptor was Carl Paul Jennewein, it was installed in 1932, and the medium is ceramic-glazed terra cotta. Jennewein's intentions are explained in detail in Making a Modern Classic: The Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by David Brownlee. Zeus is the central figure, and represents "creative force of the will of man." To his right are examplars of sacred love: Demeter, Triptolemus, Ariadne, Theseus, Minotaur, and a python. To the left of Zeus (right to left) are examples of profane love: Aphrodite, Eros, Hippomenes (Lion), Adonis, Nous, Eos, and an owl.

Facsimile of image used in the exhibition, Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Parkway Central Library West Gallery, September 2017-November 2018.

Creation Year: 1927
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.180966
Geocode Latitude:39.965570

Creator Name: Carl Paul Jennewein - Artist