The Philadelphia Museum of Art Stores Offer Unique, Art-Inspired Gifts

This season Museum visitors can delight in a selection of distinctive holiday gifts, many produced exclusively for the Philadelphia Museum of Art stores. They range from exquisite, handmade items to silver jewelry, stocking stuffers, best-selling art books, high-quality reproductions of Museum masterpieces, and the timeless gift of membership.

Some of the items celebrate current special exhibitions at the Museum. Kevin O’ Brien Studio of Philadelphia has created a handmade merino wool scarf inspired by Mr. Huling’s Rack Picture (1888), a tromp l’oeil painting by William Michael Harnett that is highlighted in Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life ($95). Colorful cufflinks decorated with John James Audubon’s Carolina Parrots are among the accessories that celebrate the exhibition ($36). The shop in the Perelman Building contains an unusual selection of textiles, offered in conjunction with Art of the Zo: Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh . They include tunics, wrap skirts, shawls, and blankets made from silk or cotton by the Zo peoples in workshops that preserve their weaving traditions ($50-$535). Also available are clutch purses and wallets with bright motifs, and silver earrings, necklaces, and bangles ($36-$60).

Ceramic and plastic travel mugs in varying sizes spotlight the Museum’s new, award-winning visual identity ($10-$24). It also appears on canvas tote bags, spiral notepads, pens, pencils, and a stylus ($5-$30). Adornments for the tree include star, candle, and holiday tree-shaped mobiles, all handcrafted by the Scheffel family of Woodstock, New York ($22 each).

The stores are also offering Art on Demand. Visitors can select high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the collection and have them printed to order. Among the offerings are landscapes and figure paintings by Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Thomas Eakins, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, and Vincent van Gogh. Choose from a variety of sizes, paper or canvas, and frames in six different colors and dimensions ($25-$375). At home, shop Art on Demand at http://artondemand.philamuseum.org/.

Among the noteworthy books available are the catalogue for The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian ($35) and the related Prometheus Eternalcomic book. Published by the Museum and Locust Moon, the comic book embraces the timeless myth of Prometheus’s gift of fire as reimagined by some of the most visionary illustrators working in comics today ($6).

A yearlong gift of Museum membership presented in a beautifully wrapped envelope slips easily into any stocking this holiday. Gift recipients enjoy a full year of benefits and privileges, including unlimited free general admission to the collections; free tickets to exhibitions; special discounts on dining, shopping, parking, and educational programs; and access to exhibition previews and special programs ($40-$125).

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Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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