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Thursday Summer Fun is back! Spend Thursday afternoons discovering the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions thr...
06/11/2019
Thursday Summer Fun » Norton Simon Museum

Thursday Summer Fun is back! Spend Thursday afternoons discovering the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions through themed tours and art-making projects.

This drop-in program is recommended for families with children ages 4–10. Free for children.

Gustave Courbet, the self-proclaimed "proudest and most arrogant man in France," was born on this day in 1819. Here is a...
06/10/2019

Gustave Courbet, the self-proclaimed "proudest and most arrogant man in France," was born on this day in 1819. Here is a selection of works by Courbet from our collection. View more here: bit.ly/NSMCourbet

For the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, museums across southern California have teamed up to create a virtual ...
06/06/2019

For the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, museums across southern California have teamed up to create a virtual exhibition that presents all of the Rembrandt paintings from San Diego to Los Angeles. Explore work from our collection alongside Getty Museum, Hammer Museum, LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Timken Museum of Art at rembrandtinsocal.org.

#RembrandtinSoCal

Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, we have teamed up with museums across southern California to create a single resource and virtual exhibition that presents all of the Rembrandt paintings located in museums from San Diego to Los Angeles.

The online exhibition allows viewers to zoom in on high-resolution images from institutions like LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, Norton Simon Museum and Timken Museum of Art enabling viewers to explore the paintings in more detail than ever before. Discover all of the Rembrandt resources available on the website and use the interactive map to visit the museums showcasing these works!

https://rembrandtinsocal.org #RembrandtinSoCal

In late 1916 Henri Matisse began a sustained phase of painting that featured a single model: the Italian known only as L...
06/05/2019

In late 1916 Henri Matisse began a sustained phase of painting that featured a single model: the Italian known only as Laurette or Lorette. Over the next twelve months, Matisse depicted Laurette no less than fifty times, often posing her in such striking garments as a flowing North African robe, a Turkish jacket and turban, and a Spanish mantilla, as in the canvas seen here. Matisse continued to explore the expressiveness of ornamental décor throughout the 1920s, a pursuit that gathered momentum during the artist’s extended study of Laurette.

Explore this and other works by Matisse in "Matisse/Odalisque" on view through June 17: bit.ly/MatisseOdalisque

[Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), The Black Shawl, 1917, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon, © 2019 Succession H. Matisse/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

These portraits of museum founder Norton Simon were made by Los Angeles-based artist Don Bachardy on May 28, 1973. The c...
05/28/2019

These portraits of museum founder Norton Simon were made by Los Angeles-based artist Don Bachardy on May 28, 1973. The commission for these drawings came about through Mr. Simon’s wife, Jennifer Jones, a long-time friend of Bachardy and his partner Christopher Isherwood. The drawings of Simon chronicle the first and only time that the famed collector sat for a portrait, and they depict their subject as watchful but relaxed, offering some sense of the interest and attention that he directed to works of art. Learn more about these portraits and about Don Bachardy in an interview from 2007: bit.ly/2MhIDw2

[Don Bachardy (American, b. 1934), Norton Simon, May 28, 1973, pencil and ink on paper, Norton Simon Art Foundation]

CLOSING WEEKEND: “Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido” presents a selection of artworks that explore...
05/24/2019

CLOSING WEEKEND: “Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido” presents a selection of artworks that explore the fates of two heroines from classical mythology: Helen of Troy and Dido of Carthage. Five tapestries from the 16th and 17th centuries, along with a rare set of cartoons, illustrate the currency of these female-centric narratives in early modern Europe, the power of tapestry to visualize such stories and the inventiveness and skill employed to produce these splendid objects, made for the wealthiest and most distinguished patrons. "Once Upon a Tapestry" closes Monday, May 27. bit.ly/NSMWovenTales

05/13/2019

Explore the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas through a special musical audio tour produced in collaboration with the LA Opera. Narrated by Maestro James Conlon and featuring opera star Susan Graham, the tour explores the cartoons and related tapestry by Giovanni Francesco Romanelli in the exhibition “Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido.” This special audio tour includes musical selections from operas by Mozart, Purcell, Berlioz and others that convey the story’s passion and tragedy. Here's a clip of the tour featuring Graham and "The Death of Dido."

“Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido” closes May 27!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a few of our favorite mothers from our collection. Happy Mother’s Day!
05/12/2019

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a few of our favorite mothers from our collection. Happy Mother’s Day!

This informal ink drawing dates to 1936, a time when Matisse was living in Nice and working closely with Lydia Delectors...
05/10/2019

This informal ink drawing dates to 1936, a time when Matisse was living in Nice and working closely with Lydia Delectorskaya, his model and trusted studio assistant. As both muse and manager of the artist’s affairs, Delectorskaya was instrumental to Matisse’s productivity during his late years. She became closely associated with the pose we see here, her head resting on crossed arms as she leans against a table, bed, or back of a chair. Matisse was captivated by the arabesque-like shape created by the model’s body, a fixation on the decorative that continued to inform the artist’s representations of women long after the period traditionally associated with his odalisques.

Now on view in “Matisse/Odalisque.” bit.ly/MatisseOdalisque

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), “Untitled (En Hommage à Mademoiselle Catherine Viviano,” 1936, signed and dated 1947, Ink on paper, Norton Simon Museum

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli's full-scale preparatory drawings, known as cartoons, retell pictorially the ill-fated love...
05/09/2019

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli's full-scale preparatory drawings, known as cartoons, retell pictorially the ill-fated love affair between Queen Dido of Carthage and the Trojan Prince Aeneas as told in Books I & IV of Virgil's epic poem the “Aeneid.”

A cartoon is a full-size preparatory design for a large-scale artwork like a tapestry. Because they are made of paper, cartoons are very vulnerable to deterioration and damage, so few survive today. The Norton Simon owns six of the eight cartoons from the original suite. The whereabouts of the other two are unknown.

See the six cartoons in "Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido," on view through May 27. bit.ly/NSMWovenTales

[Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1610–1662), Aeneas Leaving Dido, c. 1630–35, Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on linen, The Norton Simon Foundation]

Today is National Teacher Day! An influential artist and educator, Josef Albers believed in the importance of having an ...
05/07/2019

Today is National Teacher Day! An influential artist and educator, Josef Albers believed in the importance of having an experimental attitude concerning art materials and a technological approach to the study of color and design. The square-within-square format of his celebrated "Homage to the Square" series gave Albers a tireless formula for exploring color relationships and investigating how colors are transformed according to their placement with other colors. These works set a precedent in minimal art by demonstrating that pictorial values could be generated exclusively through the interaction of color in simple geometric forms.

[Josef Albers (American, 1888-1976), Homage to the Square/Red Series, Untitled III, 1968, Oil on Masonite, Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase, © 2019 Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction]

The tapestries on view in “Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido” are believed to have been woven in t...
05/02/2019

The tapestries on view in “Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido” are believed to have been woven in the first quarter of the 16th century in a Brussels workshop. Rich with detail, these luxurious silk and wool tableaux introduce us to contemporary court attire and to late medieval stagecraft as seen in the jewel-encrusted architectural framework that calls attention to the principal subjects. Displays of wealth and good taste that appear in the dress and the details of the palace likely mirror then-contemporary notions of the ideal court. We’ve highlighted the four main subjects in the “The Arrival of Paris and Helen at the Court of Priam, King of Troy”:

1. Helen: Wife of King Menelaus of Sparta; Future wife to Paris; Recognized by the looped drapery around her arm
2. Paris: Prince of Troy; Son of Priam and Hecuba; Recognized by his curly brown hair and three gold chains around his neck
3. Priam: King of Troy; Father to Paris; Husband to Hecuba; Recognized by his long white beard and flared jeweled crown
4. Hecuba: Wife to King Priam; Mother to Paris; Recognized by her crown inlaid with jewels

“Arrival of Paris and Helen at the Court of Priam, King of Troy,” c. 1500 Flanders Wool and silk tapestry, The Norton Simon Foundation.

Happy Earth Day! In this sculpture of Vishnu, he assumes the form of a boar, Varaha, to rescue the earth, which has disa...
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day! In this sculpture of Vishnu, he assumes the form of a boar, Varaha, to rescue the earth, which has disappeared under the ocean. The earth is visualized here as a female perched upon his snout.

[Varaha, the Boar Avatar of Vishnu, 5th century. India: Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, sandstone, The Norton Simon Foundation]

One of the leading Northern European artists of his generation, Dieric Bouts favored a contemplative approach to paintin...
04/21/2019

One of the leading Northern European artists of his generation, Dieric Bouts favored a contemplative approach to painting that embodied an austere, powerful spirituality. As Christ rises from the tomb, the drama and theatricality of the moment are stilled by his serene yet intent gaze and by the lyrical landscape background. “The Resurrection” belongs to a now-dismembered four- or five-part altarpiece that tells the story of the life of Jesus. Other pieces of the original ensemble are now at the @nationalgallery (The Entombment) and the @gettymuseum in Los Angeles (The Annunciation).

Dieric Bouts (Flemish, c. 1420–1475), Resurrection, c. 1455, Distemper on linen, The Norton Simon Foundation

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was born on this day in 1755. As a devoted Monarchist and friend of the Queen, Marie-An...
04/16/2019

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was born on this day in 1755. As a devoted Monarchist and friend of the Queen, Marie-Antoinette, Vigée-Lebrun chose exile during the French Revolution. While in Vienna in 1793, she produced this image of Theresia, Countess Kinsky. The Countess was the unfortunate victim of an arranged marriage. Her husband, a man whom she had never met, abandoned her at the church immediately after their wedding, and returned to his mistress. Clearly, Vigée-Lebrun was captivated by the beauty and amiable character of Countess Kinsky, as well as by her sad history.

[Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842), Portrait of Theresia, Countess Kinsky, 1793, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation]

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was born on this day in 1732. Fragonard was a prolific and hugely popular 18th-century Rococo pai...
04/05/2019
Jean-Honoré Fragonard at the Norton Simon Museum » Norton Simon Museum

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was born on this day in 1732. Fragonard was a prolific and hugely popular 18th-century Rococo painter. He was known for his paintings of amorous subjects, rendered in his signature fluid, exuberant style and meant to decorate the grandiose homes of the aristocracy. He imagined nature as abundant, blooming and unstructured, as a triumph of color over line. His ideal environments underscore the carefree, blissful subjects he portrayed and contribute to the playful character of Rococo art that is widely appreciated.

Celebrated as one of the 18th century’s most imaginative artists, Jean-Honoré Fragonard by name alone conjures up images of love and play, underscored with gently erotic themes. His work, however, was not superficial, and his interests extended from scenes of family and country life to Dutch-insp...

The story of David and Bathsheba was a popular theme in seventeenth-century Dutch art, inspiring a range of interpretati...
04/01/2019

The story of David and Bathsheba was a popular theme in seventeenth-century Dutch art, inspiring a range of interpretations that explored its erotic and moral aspects. King David, looking out of his window, saw the beautiful Bathsheba washing herself and desired her. Though she was already married to Uriah, a soldier in his army, David sent a letter to her and she came to him, eventually becoming his wife and bearing a child named Solomon, who succeeded David on the throne. Jan Steen depicts Bathsheba receiving the letter in her home. The domestic setting emphasizes her status as a married woman, and highlights the unsteady moral grounds of the narrative. The figure of David, watching Bathsheba from his tower, reminds viewers of their own voyeuristic gaze.

Did you know our lectures are available online? Catch our recent lectures on Titian's "Lady in White," Matisse and his M...
03/28/2019
Videos, Podcasts and Lectures » Norton Simon Museum

Did you know our lectures are available online? Catch our recent lectures on Titian's "Lady in White," Matisse and his Models, Romanelli’s Dido and Aeneas Tapestry Suite, and more.

Art historians continue to debate the youthful subject portrayed in Lady in White. Is she a courtesan? Or is she Titian’s daughter Lavinia? Is she an illegitimate child, or just an ideal portrayal of beauty? At one and the same time, the person appears before us as an individual and an ideal. But ...

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was born on this day in 1696. Tiepolo was the purest exponent of the Italian Rococo. He create...
03/05/2019

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was born on this day in 1696. Tiepolo was the purest exponent of the Italian Rococo. He created fresco decorations and paintings for palaces and churches throughout Europe with an unprecedented, inventive freedom of form and expressive, shimmering colors. A master of the airborne figure and of perspective, he excelled in creating the illusion of infinite space articulated with luminous colors and atmospheric effects.

[Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, 1969–1770), The Triumph of Virtue and Nobility Over Ignorance, c. 1740–50, oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation]

Now on view: “Matisse/Odalisque” is small-scale focus exhibition that explores the theme of the odalisque in Europea...
02/22/2019

Now on view: “Matisse/Odalisque” is small-scale focus exhibition that explores the theme of the odalisque in European art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Featuring pictures by Henri Matisse, Frédéric Bazille, and Pablo Picasso, among others, it shows that artists employed dazzling combinations of color and ornament to foreground the orientalist subject as a work of pictorial fantasy. On view through June 17. bit.ly/MatisseOdalisque

The mystery remains, who is the sitter in Titian's "Lady in White"? NPR stopped by to discuss some possibilities of who ...
02/15/2019
Who Was The 'Lady In White'? Titian Painted A Mystery Masterpiece

The mystery remains, who is the sitter in Titian's "Lady in White"? NPR stopped by to discuss some possibilities of who she might have been.

The elegant woman — wearing pearls, a long dress, and a slight smile — has captivated historians and art lovers for centuries. Was she a daughter? A wife? A lover? No one knows for sure.

Happy Valentine's Day! The pleasure-loving character of the Rococo is expressed in this painting by Jean-Honoré Fragona...
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

The pleasure-loving character of the Rococo is expressed in this painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. A young couple enjoys themselves in a secluded rustic retreat. In subject and presentation, this painting was meant to engender happiness in the viewer. Fragonard’s tender, sentimental images of love appealed to an aristocratic society during a moment of great change in the decades before the Revolution.

Jean–Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806), Happy Lovers, 1750–1775, Oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation, © The Norton Simon Foundation

Happy birthday to museum founder, Norton Simon, born on this day in 1907.“One of the most profound means of human comm...
02/05/2019

Happy birthday to museum founder, Norton Simon, born on this day in 1907.

“One of the most profound means of human communication is the visual arts. By establishing a meaningful dialogue between an artist's vision of the world and our own perceptions, art can help us to understand ourselves more fully. Moreover, art at its finest gives us a deep sense of history, tradition, and the true potentialities of man's creativity.”—Norton Simon, 1972

01/31/2019
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Today we say a big thank you to Carol Togneri, who steps down as the Museum’s chief curator, a role she’s held for nearly 13 of the 18 years she’s been at the Museum. Beloved by her staff and colleagues, Carol has worked tirelessly to advance the care and scholarship of the Norton Simon collections, overseeing our many exhibitions and publications, our lectures and educational offerings, and our masterpiece loan exchanges. Carol will stay on for much of the year, finishing her work on several collections catalogues for the Museum as well as an upcoming exhibition of loans from The Frick Collection. Carol, we celebrate you and thank you for your hard work!

In this video, Carol shares one of her favorite paintings in the Norton Simon collection: Guercino’s beloved "Aldrovandi Dog" from c. 1625.

Chief Curator Carol Togneri shares with viewers one of her favorite paintings in the Norton Simon collection: Guercino’s beloved "Aldrovandi Dog" from c. 1625.

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