Timken Museum of Art

Timken Museum of Art The Timken Museum of Art preserves the Putnam Foundation's collection of European and American art for the education and benefit of present and future generations of San Diego area residents and visitors.
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And it is FREE! Affectionately known as the โ€œjewel boxโ€ of fine art, the Timken is home to the Putnam Foundationโ€™s world-class collection of European and American masterpieces and Russian icons. Artists represented include Rembrandt, Rubens, Fragonard, Bierstadt, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, John Singleton Copley, and Eastman Johnson. Designed by San Diego architect John Mock for Frank L. Hope and Associates, the museum building is considered one of the most important examples of mid-century southern California modernism, and one of the finest regional examples of the International Style in the United States.

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Happy Birthday to George Inness (1825-1894), known as one of the greatest American landscape painters of the 19th-centur...
05/01/2021

Happy Birthday to George Inness (1825-1894), known as one of the greatest American landscape painters of the 19th-century.

George Inness's father was a successful grocer, but the young Inness was uninterested in following in his father's footsteps, and at the age of 14, studied drawing. By 16, Inness became employed as an engraver, which was a common path for aspiring artists. From there, his success began.

Inness, inspired by the old European masters, traveled abroad to Paris, Rome, and Florence for decades. He lived in Italy for a short time, and in 1874 moved back to his estate in the US.

The Timken collection piece "Ariccia" by George Inness, painted in 1874, is based on the small town of Ariccia, Italy. The town lies in the Alban Hills, just miles from southeast Rome. In this beautiful landscape, Inness captures the characteristic light at the end of the day, a time of stillness and tender melancholy, which wonderfully represents his signature style of expressive landscape painting.

๐Ÿ“ธ Photographer: E. S. Bennett, George Inness seated in his studio, 1890, Macbeth Gallery Records, c. 1890-1964.
๐Ÿ–ผ George Inness, (American 1825 - 1894), "Ariccia," 1874, oil on canvas.

#HappyBirthday #GeorgeInness #AmericanArtist #ArtHistory #TimkenMuseum #AmericanGallery #AmericanLandscape #ItalianLandscape #LandscapePainter

Here is a moment from our 2019 exhibition "Metonymies: A Dialogue with 20th Century Works from the Sonnabend Collection"...
04/30/2021

Here is a moment from our 2019 exhibition "Metonymies: A Dialogue with 20th Century Works from the Sonnabend Collection". On the left is Roy Lichtenstein's "Bread and Jam" (1963). On the right is an early 18th-century Italian "Still Life".

Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City and trained as a painter at Ohio State University. He is considered one of the principal artists associated with American Pop. Lichtenstein drew inspiration from commercial advertising and comic books. His drawing "Bread and Jam" is an outstanding example of his interest in commonplace subject matter and deadpan ex*****on. Like the work it is shown beside, "Bread and Jam" could be classified as a modern example of memento mori: an artistic reflection on mortality and the temporary nature of all earthy pursuits.

Still life painting has been a vital genre throughout art history. We do not know the artist responsible for the Timken's "Still Life" displayed on the right in this pairing. In this particular work, the straw surrounding the wine bottle has uncoiled and is broken. Wilted red and white carnations further contribute to a mournful sense of decay, as do the butterflies and other insects that animate the composition. Early 18th-century viewers likely understood these flowers in purely symbolic terms. Taken together, they convey the same sense of fleeting pleasure that "Bread and Jam" promotes: life is short, and its pleasures are few. Just as a bug feeds on a flower and the lizard eats the bug, Lichtenstein offers us an enticing breakfast that will soon be consumed.

The dialogue between classical art and pop art is enticing and revealing. What else can you see between these two?

๐Ÿ–ผ Roy Lichtenstein, (American, 1923-1997), "Bread and Jam," 1963, Graphite pencil and tusche on paper, The Sonnabend Collection and Antonio Homem.
๐Ÿ–ผ Anonymous, (Italian, 18th Century), "Still life," c. 1700-25, Oil on canvas, Timken Museum of Art.
#FlashbackFriday #FBF #Sonnabend #Metonymies #ContemporaryArt #PopArt #ItalianArt #StillLife #Traditional #Contemporary #Contrasts #TimkenMuseum

San Diego is home to the nation's largest concentration of military personnel. In fact, Naval Base San Diego is the U.S....
04/29/2021

San Diego is home to the nation's largest concentration of military personnel. In fact, Naval Base San Diego is the U.S. Navy's largest base on the West Coast and the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet. We are proud to be located in this city and have created an art program just for our local active military personnel and veterans.

Creative Engagement is a free program that allows those receiving treatment at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) to engage with art as a creative outlet during their healing process. From art instruction to private gallery tours and more, this program runs every week and has shown to decrease pain and anxiety.

โžก๏ธ If you'd like to help us in supporting America's finest city and provide art for our military stationed here, consider donating at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E81193&id=153.

๐Ÿ“ธ A private art tour for military personnel pre-pandemic.
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A private art tour for military personnel pre-pandemic.

04/29/2021
Virtual Tour - Looking and Connecting with Art

Welcome to our LIVE weekly virtual tour of the Timken collection.

Every Thursday at 11:00 AM Pacific, we'll be bringing you these virtual tours of the collection for FREE, no reservation required. Learn about our artโ€™s rich history, behind-the-scenes secrets from our archives, and more fascinating stories about the paintings and artists. If youโ€™ve ever wanted to pull back the curtain to explore the Timken collection, then this is the opportunity for you.

Mother's Day gifts are here! Your mother is a masterpiece, and deserves a gift to match. Let her know how much she means...
04/29/2021

Mother's Day gifts are here! Your mother is a masterpiece, and deserves a gift to match. Let her know how much she means to you with a new piece from our luxurious art-inspired silk scarves collection.

We have a wide range of great gifts just for her, including wraps, books, and jewelry. Shop the Timken's Museum Store today โžก๏ธ https://timkenshop.square.site/

*Every purchase supports the Museum's ongoing community and education programs*
#MothersDay #MothersDayGift #ArtInspired #SilkScarf #MothersDayGifts #ShopLocal #SupportLocal #SanDiego

Milder weather is beckoning us outside and what better tribute to the great outdoors and national parks than Albert Bier...
04/27/2021

Milder weather is beckoning us outside and what better tribute to the great outdoors and national parks than Albert Bierstadt's "Cho-looke, the Yosemite Fall" painting, the inspiration for this week's Timken recipe. Bierstadt celebrated his trips West with grand paintings including this monumental landscape. We imagine the figures in the grassy meadow may have enjoyed a hearty repast such as a Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich with Green Goddess Mayo. The art of picnicking inspired by one of the American masters of landscape painting.

โžก๏ธ Find this Timken inspired recipe and more via https://www.timkenmuseum.org/explore/timken-recipes/

#AmericanArt #TimkenRecipes #TimkenKitchen #TimkenInspiredRecipe #AmericanLandscape #Yosemite #YosemiteNationalPark #GreenGoddess #Bierstadt

Milder weather is beckoning us outside and what better tribute to the great outdoors and national parks than Albert Bierstadt's "Cho-looke, the Yosemite Fall" painting, the inspiration for this week's Timken recipe. Bierstadt celebrated his trips West with grand paintings including this monumental landscape. We imagine the figures in the grassy meadow may have enjoyed a hearty repast such as a Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich with Green Goddess Mayo. The art of picnicking inspired by one of the American masters of landscape painting.

โžก๏ธ Find this Timken inspired recipe and more via https://www.timkenmuseum.org/explore/timken-recipes/

#AmericanArt #TimkenRecipes #TimkenKitchen #TimkenInspiredRecipe #AmericanLandscape #Yosemite #YosemiteNationalPark #GreenGoddess #Bierstadt

04/26/2021
Behind-the-Scenes "Leela" (2018)

For #ModernistMonday, we're taking you behind-the-scenes into the creation of our 2018 "the/modernist" installation with the master paper artist, Bhavna Mehta.

This summer series was designed to provide a dialogue between an object from the Timken's collection and a modern interpretation of it. Bhavna Mehta's "Leela" (2018) was a stunning delicate paper sculpture of a woman accompanied by paper leaves, dragonflies, and butterflies, echoing Bartolomeo Veneto's "Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress" (1530). Though instead of oil on panel, you can see Bhavna utilizes incredible skill with cut-paper to achieve her own stunning vision of a lady in a green dress.

#Leela #BartolomeoVeneto #LadyInAGreenDress #PaperSculpture #PaperArtist #BehindtheScenes #PaperArt #SanDiegoArtist #LocalArtist #SupportLocalArtists #SupportWomenArtists

Learn more about the Timken's executive director, Megan Pogue, in this insightful article published this week. Thank you...
04/25/2021

Learn more about the Timken's executive director, Megan Pogue, in this insightful article published this week. Thank you Giving Back Magazine (GB Magazine) for lending your voice to the region's arts and culture community.

โžก๏ธ Read now at https://gbsan.com/feel-good-friday/10-things-about-megan-pogue-timken-museum-of-art/

#GivingBack #SanDiego #ArtsAndCulture #GivingBackMagazine #SanDiegoCommunity

Learn more about the Timken's executive director, Megan Pogue, in this insightful article published this week. Thank you Giving Back Magazine (GB Magazine) for lending your voice to the region's arts and culture community.

โžก๏ธ Read now at https://gbsan.com/feel-good-friday/10-things-about-megan-pogue-timken-museum-of-art/

#GivingBack #SanDiego #ArtsAndCulture #GivingBackMagazine #SanDiegoCommunity

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04/24/2021

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Today we're taking you on the next leg of our colorful "Painters' Palettes" journey with the Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) to explore copper green pigment.

At the heart of this episode is Bartolomeo Veneto's "Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress" (1530). The subject is a woman, viewed at three-quarter length against a background covered by a dark red velvet drape. The sitter wears a luxuriant dress of brilliant green silk. The sleeves, lively, ample, and puffy, are slashed below the elbow, showing tufts of a finely embroidered white "camicia" or undershirt. It is this stunning green dress that BACC targeted in their examination.

Beginning with the naked eye a BACC painting conservator completed an initial examination before employing X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology to help determine which green pigments the artist used and how the piece was painted. BACC was able to determine that the greens in the dress contain the element copper, so malachite, verdigris, and copper resinate are three possible pigments present. Knowledge of the history of pigments tells us that verdigris and copper resinate are the most common greens used during the High Renaissance--the High Renaissance also being indicated by this specific style of dress. Historically these pigments were especially prepared in wine-growing areas (fitting of Italyโ€™s Veneto region), using wine's acidic by-products and copper plates to harvest a blue-green crust that is scraped off and ground. These copper greens were popularly used as the pigment to produce intense pure green tones for landscapes and drapery in many Northern Italian paintings. A common device was to glaze over an opaque white or yellow paint layer with multiple layers of semi-transparent copper resinate to produce a brilliant, deeply saturated green. This seems to be one method used in the creation of the sitter's sumptuous dress. But look closely because there also seems to be an opaque copper green added as highlights!

Not a lot is known about the artist Bartolomeo Veneto--only about 30 paintings survive by the great Venetian portraitist. For whatever reason, the life of Bartolomeo Veneto was not extensively recorded through traditional records or in the broader comments of contemporary writers, leaving us to search further in the depths of the work itself. Even in 1856, Italian historian Francesco Zanotto described this very portrait as a "valuable painting, which bears the name of a painter unknown to history." And this is why the material analysis of this work is so critical. Each microscopic detail uncovered is not only vital to placing it firmly within the 16th-century art historical discourse, but of telling this objectโ€™s story, about the artist behind it, of its history, and our collective history as creative humans.

If you'd like to see the steps BACC took to examine this painting or learn more about the pigments and science behind conservation, head over to Balboa Art Conservation Center to see their take on "Veneto's Captivating Copper Green".

โžก๏ธ Check out the entire "Painters' Palettes" series here https://www.timkenmuseum.org/explore/painters-palettes/

#ProjectPignmentBalboaPark #Pigments #FromTheVault #FromTheArchives #Green #Copper #Verdigris #PaintPalette #PaintersPalettes #PigmentStudy #BalboaArtConservationCenter #Timken

The Timken Museum of Art owes its existence to the combined efforts and generosity of two families: the prominent Timken...
04/23/2021

The Timken Museum of Art owes its existence to the combined efforts and generosity of two families: the prominent Timken family from Canton, Ohio, and Anne and Amy Putnam who arrived in San Diego with their family in the early 1900s.

The Putnam fortune began in pre-gold rush days in San Francisco when a teenage Henry Putnam (Anne and Amy's Uncle) started his first business selling bottles of spring water. Upon returning to Vermont in the 1860s, Henry developed and patented a wide variety of early household appliances including the first practical clothes wringer. He also bought out the town's leading factories, owned significant real-estate holdings, and constructed and operated an Opera House. His endeavors marked the creation of a major American fortune.

๐Ÿ“ธ Henry Putnam sitting in a rocking chair on the porch of their home in Bennington, Vermont. In the far left is his brother Elbert. In the other rocking chair, their mother and then Elbert's wife Thetis.
๐Ÿ“ธ Henry's patent of the first practical clothes wringer.

#FlashbackFriday #FBF #Founders #PutnamFamily #Inventor #TimkenMuseum #TimkenHistory #PutnamHistory #SanDiegoHistory #HenryPutnam #AmericanInventions #Innovation

04/22/2021
Virtual Tour - Highlights of the Collection: Masterpiece Spotlight

Welcome to our LIVE weekly virtual tour of the Timken collection.

Viewers, if you have any questions you can place them in the comments below and we'll answer them at the end of the tour.

Every Thursday at 11:00 AM Pacific, we'll be bringing you these virtual tours of the collection for FREE, no reservation required. Learn about our artโ€™s rich history, behind-the-scenes secrets from our archives, and more fascinating stories about the paintings and artists. If youโ€™ve ever wanted to pull back the curtain to explore the Timken collection, then this is the opportunity for you.

For full details on all of our tours, head to our Events Page on our website:
https://www.timkenmuseum.org/calendar/list/

Happy Earth Day! ๐ŸŒŽ Today we celebrate our beautiful planet which supplies us with many resources and inspiration. The vi...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! ๐ŸŒŽ Today we celebrate our beautiful planet which supplies us with many resources and inspiration. The visual arts are closely intertwined with our Earth and capture it splendidly. Here are some of our favorite pieces from the Timken collection that celebrate our Earthโ€™s magnificence.

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Albert Bierstadt, "Cho-looke, the Yosemite Fall,โ€ 1864, oil on canvas, Timken Museum of Art.
๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Thomas Moran, โ€œOpus 24: Rome, from the Campagna, Sunset,โ€ 1867, oil on canvas, Timken Museum of Art.
๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Fitz Henry Lane, โ€œCastine Harbor and Town,โ€ 1851, oil on canvas, Timken Museum of Art.
๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Claude Lorrain, โ€œPastoral Landscape,โ€ 1646-47, oil on canvas, Timken Museum of Art.

#ArtHistory #EarthDay #Earth #Nature #StillLife #Landscape #EarthDay2021 #NationalParks #Yosemite #CastineHarbor #Rome #Sunsets #Pastures

04/21/2021
Surprise Visit

Today we spotted this little family enjoying our North garden. Papa Duck, Mama Duck, and eight babies cruised around the dwarf mondo grass, spider ferns and azaleas for a quick tour before heading out on their way home. Perhaps they took a wrong turn and missed the #BotanicalGarden? An impromptu morning visit we were happy to accommodate.

Truly it is the small things in life that can spark joy. We hope these ducks brought a little happiness your way.

#BalboaPark #Family #Garden #Awwww #Locals #SpringTime #Ducklings #BabyAnimals

There are endless reasons to visit a museum, but today we'd like you to consider this one: expanding your horizons.A mus...
04/20/2021

There are endless reasons to visit a museum, but today we'd like you to consider this one: expanding your horizons.

A museum is a wonderful place to explore new and old ideas, experience culture, and learn in-depth. An exploration through the art galleries is an immersion in history. It's not every day you can stand face-to-face with an artistic vision painted more than 300-years-ago.

Next time you're in an art museum, we encourage you to take a moment to allow each stroke of the paintbrush to free your mind and expand your horizons.

If you'd like to explore our collection virtually, we have a mobile app--it's free--and if you don't have a smartphone, it's available as a web app, too. โžก๏ธ Download for free in your mobile app store, or launch the web app instantly at https://web-app.cuseum.com/?98#!/tours

#ArtForAll #ExpandYourHorizons #ExploreHistory #ArtsAdvocate #CulturalHistory #VisualHistory #AmericanArt #ArtHistory #ArtAndCulture

There are endless reasons to visit a museum, but today we'd like you to consider this one: expanding your horizons.

A museum is a wonderful place to explore new and old ideas, experience culture, and learn in-depth. An exploration through the art galleries is an immersion in history. It's not every day you can stand face-to-face with an artistic vision painted more than 300-years-ago.

Next time you're in an art museum, we encourage you to take a moment to allow each stroke of the paintbrush to free your mind and expand your horizons.

If you'd like to explore our collection virtually, we have a mobile app--it's free--and if you don't have a smartphone, it's available as a web app, too. โžก๏ธ Download for free in your mobile app store, or launch the web app instantly at https://web-app.cuseum.com/?98#!/tours

#ArtForAll #ExpandYourHorizons #ExploreHistory #ArtsAdvocate #CulturalHistory #VisualHistory #AmericanArt #ArtHistory #ArtAndCulture

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1500 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA
92101

For information on getting to Balboa Park using public transit, please visit www.balboapark.org/maps

General information

The Timken Museum of Art is the only art museum in Balboa Park with free admission.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 12:00 - 16:30

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(619) 239-5548

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I most recently enjoyed a lovely week in San Diego with my husband, an attorney, and my 6 year old child while on business. It was a simply delightful time, until we made a stop at your museum prior to catching our flight home yesterday. One of your docents took it upon herself to guide my newly 6 year old child from where we were standing to a different room to explain to her the concept of "vanitas" - specifically the permanence and inevitability of death, by showing her a lovely, -however dark - piece NOT appropriate for her age. She then guided my child over to another painting of a child bride who became widowed, asking my child's age, then explaining children were married at my child's age. She plainly explained that this child, like her, had become a widow by suffering loss - again focusing on the theme of death, focusing on the dark ribbons on the child's dress, signaling death, again with zero sense of sensitivity to my child's age or understanding. My child was visibly shaken and confused by the offering, yet the docent continued with her "education." Of all the beautiful pieces in the collections being shown that day, could she not have shown us something more lighthearted, suitable to a 6 year old and and less macabre? Given your impressive and untarnished reputation, I would hope you would consider retraining your staff in sensitivity. While art is something to be enjoyed by all ages, to introduce and repeat, with emphasis, the adult concept of death to a malleable and developing mind is at best - insensitive and crude and, at a minimum, reckless. It is my understanding that there was a children's scavenger hunt offered that day? My hope is that this was an isolated incident. For the aforementioned reasons, I would not recommend your museum to families.
POETS WITHOUT BORDERS Featuring Beat Poet Laureate Chris Vannoy, National Slam Poetry Champion Viet Mai, Taco Shop Poetess Jackie Lopez, Izzy Blaze, Yvonne King & Igor Goldkind Will Perform at the Mesa College Gallery Reception for Mario Torero: "Artivismo Loko" Mario Torero is an internationally renowned muralist and a legend of the Chicano community. The title of the exhibition includes a term that Torero coined: โ€œartivismโ€ as the marriage of art and activism. POETS WITHOUT BORDERS is Chris Vannoy, Viet Mai, Yvonne King, Izzy Blaze, Jackie Lopez, Igor Goldkind, a gipsy band of poets inspired by and dedicated to the Artivist vision inspired by artist/muralist Mario Torero. By using both visual and literary arts to promote progressive social change and voice resistance to injustice. POETS WITHOUT BORDERS promotes the higher values of Freedom, Justice, Liberty, Planetary Sustainability and Human Rights. Mainly by actively bringing art back to the public sphere: where we live, where we eat and where we recreate. We also think Poetry is better than prayer because you donโ€™t have to pretend that someone is listening. Mesa College Art Gallery: 619 388-2829 Poets Without Borders: Igor Goldkind 858 349 6429
โ€œJewels of the Seasonโ€: A delightful, joyous feast for the eyes. ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
#jewelsoftheseason - Among the jewels at Timken Museum!
Enchanting #jewelsoftheseason greet Visitors! Elaborate and elegant Ornaments, and above a Model Train travels around.
Thank you for sharing your #jewelsoftheseason with me!
Thank you for sharing your #jewelsoftheseason with me!
Taken awhile back at this great exhibit.