In the 18th and 19th centuries, dairy farmers used butter prints to decorate their butter. Each farmer used a different print that was specific to the individual farm. Often, shoppers linked quality to a particular butter print. In addition, printed butter sold for more money than the unmarked alternative. Aside from brand identification, butter molds and prints afforded a creative outlet for farmers and craftsmen in Pennsylvania farming communities.

Butter Print (Double Tulip), c. 1820–40, made in Pennsylvania

We’re pleased to present something new every Friday with our music series, Art After 5. This week, it’s romantic jazz at our Valentine’s Pre-Party. Next week, Arooj Aftab brings her special blend of Sufi melodies, soul, and laid-back jazz. Check out the full schedule here

What an incredible man! I would love to meet him and wish I could help him get back on his feet. Lamar Anderson, an 11 year homeless Philadelphian, saved the life of an innocent man who was attacked and beaten with a pipe wrench. Please read his story and get involved in making sure no human sleeps on the streets.

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The statuesque subject of this painting, Anna, or Nanna, Risi was married to a cobbler in Rome when Sir Frederic Leighton painted this portrait of her. She would go on to become one of the most portrayed women of her time, modeling for numerous painters and sculptors, for whom she was the epitome of Roman beauty.

Portrait of a Roman Lady (La Nanna),” 1859, by Sir Frederic Leighton