Art: Philadelphia's Museum

Etcher Joseph Pennell called it "that Greek garage." But the sun-colored classic shell of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is big enough to house the Parthenon in part of one wing. For 20 years, on its rock above the Schuylkill, it has been abuilding. Less than half of its seven-acre floor space is finished and open to the public. Even so, it is a notable museum. This week it became still more notable with the opening of a whole new Oriental wing.

On display went a 4th-Century Sasanian palace hall, the like of which...

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