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 “jewel box” of fine art, the Timken is home to the Putnam Foundation’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 As

And it is FREE! Affectionately known as the “jewel box” of fine art, the Timken is home to the Putnam Foundation’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 As

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Happy Birthday to John Singleton Copley! 🎉Known as the greatest and most influential painter of colonial America in the ...
07/03/2021

Happy Birthday to John Singleton Copley! 🎉

Known as the greatest and most influential painter of colonial America in the 18th-century, Copley's visual legacy defined realism in the American art tradition. In addition, Copley mastered portraiture and historical paintings, creating a precedent for American artists.

Copley is famous for his intense work ethic: He produced 37 portraits in just six months while staying in New York. His first sitter was Margaret Kemble Gage, the American-born wife of General Thomas Gage--the commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America. Mrs. Gage's portrait is unique and notably clothed in a Turkish-style costume,
a popular 18th-century British fashion trend called "Turquerie."

The American Revolution led Copley to spend the latter half of his life in England. Nevertheless, he experienced great success amongst both the American and British elite. Due to his innovative ideas in marketing and distribution of his work, he saturated the market as never seen before in the history of art in America, establishing an incredible legacy and contributing vitally to the forging of social identity for the American merchant class.

🖼 John Singleton Copley (American 1738-1815), "Mrs. Thomas Gage," 1771, oil on canvas.
🖼 John Singleton Copley (American 1738-1815), "Self-Portrait", c. 1780-1784, oil on canvas.
#AmericanArtHistory #AmericanHistory #Copley #JohnSingletonCopley

07/01/2021
Symbolism and Space in Timken Paintings and Beyond

Over the centuries, artists have captured the rich symbolism of flowers. In this presentation, Docents Paula Rothschild and Jane Lazerow will search for the hidden meaning of flowers in a selection of Timken paintings and also examine the depiction of three-dimensional space in Renaissance paintings.

We wish you well! Balboa Park's "wishing well" is located in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden. The garden was designed by Sa...
06/30/2021

We wish you well!

Balboa Park's "wishing well" is located in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden. The garden was designed by San Diego Architect Richard Requa for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. His inspiration came from his visits to the Moorish gardens in Ronda, Spain.

This garden holds many secrets, but only one we can tell. 🤫 The Casa del Rey Moro Garden was not completed until opening day for the Exposition! For such a peaceful garden, that must have been one busy morning!

#BalboaParkHistory #WishingWell #BalboaPark Balboa Park #ThingstodoinSanDiego #SummerinBalboaPark #LocalHistory #SanDiegoArchitecture

We wish you well!

Balboa Park's "wishing well" is located in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden. The garden was designed by San Diego Architect Richard Requa for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. His inspiration came from his visits to the Moorish gardens in Ronda, Spain.

This garden holds many secrets, but only one we can tell. 🤫 The Casa del Rey Moro Garden was not completed until opening day for the Exposition! For such a peaceful garden, that must have been one busy morning!

#BalboaParkHistory #WishingWell #BalboaPark Balboa Park #ThingstodoinSanDiego #SummerinBalboaPark #LocalHistory #SanDiegoArchitecture

For today's #FashionInArt episode, we're looking at the details in Nicolas Maes' beautifully painted "Portrait of a Lady...
06/29/2021

For today's #FashionInArt episode, we're looking at the details in Nicolas Maes' beautifully painted "Portrait of a Lady," a 1677 oil on canvas which might depict fifteen-year-old Mary Stuart the year of her marriage to William of Orange. Mary wears a rich white silk gown adorned with strands of pearls and canary yellow silk peeking out from the cartridge-pleated sleeves. The simplicity of her dress emphasizes her "hurluberlu" hairstyle, a careful arrangement of golden curls around her head that originated from the French court. Maes's considerable skills in portraying texture and character are all on display--seventeenth-century Dutch portraiture at its finest.

The purple shroud lightly wrapped around her right shoulder is stylistically a signature of Nicolas Maes' later portraiture of women. Maes included it in many of his artworks as a painterly bravura to show his mastery of delicate fabrics. However, it could also reference the long-standing tradition regarding a very distinct shade: Tyrian Purple. Also known as Imperial Purple, purple dye was quite expensive and had a history that made it synonymous with royalty. In fact, in the 4th-century, strict sumptuary laws were in place so that only the Roman Emperor was permitted to wear purple garments.

Do you have a certain color that you wear for special occasions?

#ArtOfFashion #ArtHistory #FashionHistory #DutchArt #FrenchInspired #Portraiture #Fashion #DutchStyle #FrenchStyle #TyrianPurple

For today's #FashionInArt episode, we're looking at the details in Nicolas Maes' beautifully painted "Portrait of a Lady," a 1677 oil on canvas which might depict fifteen-year-old Mary Stuart the year of her marriage to William of Orange. Mary wears a rich white silk gown adorned with strands of pearls and canary yellow silk peeking out from the cartridge-pleated sleeves. The simplicity of her dress emphasizes her "hurluberlu" hairstyle, a careful arrangement of golden curls around her head that originated from the French court. Maes's considerable skills in portraying texture and character are all on display--seventeenth-century Dutch portraiture at its finest.

The purple shroud lightly wrapped around her right shoulder is stylistically a signature of Nicolas Maes' later portraiture of women. Maes included it in many of his artworks as a painterly bravura to show his mastery of delicate fabrics. However, it could also reference the long-standing tradition regarding a very distinct shade: Tyrian Purple. Also known as Imperial Purple, purple dye was quite expensive and had a history that made it synonymous with royalty. In fact, in the 4th-century, strict sumptuary laws were in place so that only the Roman Emperor was permitted to wear purple garments.

Do you have a certain color that you wear for special occasions?

#ArtOfFashion #ArtHistory #FashionHistory #DutchArt #FrenchInspired #Portraiture #Fashion #DutchStyle #FrenchStyle #TyrianPurple

06/29/2021
Three Centuries of Portraiture - John Singleton Copley's New York Portraits

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Portraits. Today we take them for granted, but from the fifth to the fifteenth century - for much of medieval history - discrete portraits of individuals were a rarity, a form reserved for rulers and historic figures. Only in the fifteenth century did European artists, working both north and south of the Alps, once again begin to produce independent portraits of men and women.

Colonial America’s foremost portraitist left Boston for the first time in June 1771 on the invitation of New York's A-listers to paint their portraits. He extended his stay from three to six months and painted thirty-seven portraits. As a group, these works are of exceptional artistic quality and interest. Join Timken Docent Elinor Merl for virtual talks about portraits in the Timken collection.

This lecture series celebrates portraiture, taking a look at the works of Bartolomeo Veneto in 16th-century Italy, Anthony van Dyck in 17th-century Britain, and John Singleton Copley in 18th-century America.

Happy Birthday to Peter Paul Rubens! 🎉  Deemed the greatest 17th-century Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens is famous fo...
06/28/2021

Happy Birthday to Peter Paul Rubens! 🎉
Deemed the greatest 17th-century Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens is famous for his religious and mythological works though he also painted many landscapes and portraits over his lifetime.

Rubens's life was spectacular. As a young boy, he served as a page for a nobleman, learned to read and write in five different languages, and trained in the classics where his love for mythology was born. After this, he attended the Antwerp Saint Luke’s Guild for painting, and in 1598, Rubens was deemed a master painter. His successes continued as his career soared. He was appointed court painter of the Netherlands at age 33 in 1609, and for the next two decades, Rubens became a household name for decorative pieces outside of Italy.

In his later life, facing a grueling fight with gout, Rubens decided to live out the rest of his days painting landscapes alongside his wife and children at their estate in Belgium.

In the Timken's permanent collection, Rubens's work "Portrait of a Young Man In Armor” is a favorite to encounter. The steely yet curious gaze from the sitter's eyes invites the viewer to return said gaze in a unique exchange.

🖼 Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish 1577-1640), "Self-Portrait, aged 45," 1623, oil on panel, Royal Collection, Buckingham Palace.
🖼 Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish 1577-1640), " Portrait of a Young Man in Armor," ca. 1620, oil on canvas, Timken Museum of Art.
#Dutch #Flemish #PeterPaulRubens #Baroque #Mythology #Art #Timken #Tronie #MasterPainter

“I see bold accessories as a woman’s armor.” - Rachel Zoe, American fashion designerWho doesn’t love an extravagant head...
06/27/2021

“I see bold accessories as a woman’s armor.” - Rachel Zoe, American fashion designer

Who doesn’t love an extravagant headpiece as an accessory? Our collection features a few glamorously unique examples. Which of these fabulous options would you don as your “armor”?

🖼️ Bartolomeo Veneto (Italian, 1502-1555), “Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress,” 1530, oil on panel.
🖼️ John Singleton Copley (American, 1738-1815), “Mrs. Thomas Gage,” 1771, oil on canvas.
🖼️ Nicolas de Largillière (French, 1656-1746), “Portrait of Marguerite de Sève, Wife of Barthélemy-Jean-Claude Pupil,” 1729, oil on canvas.

#MuseumMedley #TimkenCollection #TimkenMuseum #Timken #Headpieces #Veneto #Copley #Largillière #RenaissanceArt #NeoclassicalArt #BaroqueArt #Portraiture #RachelZoe #Fashion

For Saturday's #ArtWorldSpotlight we're sharing five fun-facts about the "Rococo" style.1. The word “rococo” derives fro...
06/26/2021

For Saturday's #ArtWorldSpotlight we're sharing five fun-facts about the "Rococo" style.

1. The word “rococo” derives from 'rocaille', which is French for rubble or rock.

2. Rococo painting originated in early 18th-century Paris and is characterized by soft colors and curvy lines, and depicts scenes of love, nature, amorous encounters, light-hearted entertainment, and youth.

3. Rococo style was an artistic reaction to the death of Louis XIV, and all of his Baroque pomp and splendor that had characterized his long reign. The symmetrical heaviness of Baroque style gave way to the new and lighter Rococo, characterized by greater informality in subject matter, and by decorative scrollwork based on C- and S-curves, by flowers, shells, and lighter colors, and a general sense of gaiety, gallantry and prettiness.

4. The Rococo style achieved particular exuberance in the churches of Southern Germany. You can see a great example of this in the image of the interior of Weltenburg Abbey (Kloster Weltenburg), a Benedictine monastery in Weltenburg near Kelheim on the Danube in Bavaria, Germany.

5. Famous Rococo painters include Jean-Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, and Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

📸 The interior of Weltenburg Abbey (Kloster Weltenburg), a Benedictine monastery in Weltenburg near Kelheim on the Danube in Bavaria, Germany.
🖼 Jean-Antoine Watteau (French 1684-1721), "Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera," 1717, Musée du Louvre, Paris.
🖼 François Boucher (French 1703-1770), "Lovers in a Park," 1758, Timken Museum of Art.
🖼 Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French 1732-1806), "Blindman's Buff," ca. 1775-80, Timken Museum of Art.
#RococoArt #RococoStyle #Boucher #Fragonard #Watteau #Rococo #Roccoco #Baroque #TimkenMuseum #FrenchArt #ArtHistory

Travel the world virtually today as we transport you to some of China’s most treasured destinations via the 2018 Shangha...
06/25/2021

Travel the world virtually today as we transport you to some of China’s most treasured destinations via the 2018 Shanghai and Suzhou Timken travel program. Highlights included the iconic Shanghai Tower, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, Bai Lue Tang Ancient Shoe Museum, Suzhou Museum, the Lingering Garden and the Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute. Your next adventure of unforgettable museums and global landmarks awaits.
#TimkenTravel #ArtAbroad #Shanghai #TravelInspiration #FlashbackFriday #FBF

Take a look at this beautiful painting from a 15-year-old girl in the Timken's art education program for incarcerated yo...
06/24/2021

Take a look at this beautiful painting from a 15-year-old girl in the Timken's art education program for incarcerated youth: "Creative Choices."

Led by our teaching artist, the students were asked to draw and paint their zodiac signs. At the end of the class, students were encouraged to showcase their artworks and share their thoughts on which characteristics of their sign they felt best represented themselves.

Learning is at the heart of the Timken's mission. We have many different art education programs across the city, and if you would like to learn more about these art education programs or donate to see their continued success, please visit our website at https://www.timkenmuseum.org/about/overview/outreach-programs/.

🖼 Artwork by a 15-year-old girl in the Timken's "Creative Choices" art program.

#SanDiego #ArtForAll #SupportTheYouth #TimkenMuseum #CityOfSanDiego #CreativeChoices #ArtPrograms #ArtEducation #ZodiacSigns

Take a look at this beautiful painting from a 15-year-old girl in the Timken's art education program for incarcerated youth: "Creative Choices."

Led by our teaching artist, the students were asked to draw and paint their zodiac signs. At the end of the class, students were encouraged to showcase their artworks and share their thoughts on which characteristics of their sign they felt best represented themselves.

Learning is at the heart of the Timken's mission. We have many different art education programs across the city, and if you would like to learn more about these art education programs or donate to see their continued success, please visit our website at https://www.timkenmuseum.org/about/overview/outreach-programs/.

🖼 Artwork by a 15-year-old girl in the Timken's "Creative Choices" art program.

#SanDiego #ArtForAll #SupportTheYouth #TimkenMuseum #CityOfSanDiego #CreativeChoices #ArtPrograms #ArtEducation #ZodiacSigns

Come by this Saturday for a preview of our summer Creation Station! Local chalk artist Erick Toussaint, a.k.a. San Diego...
06/23/2021

Come by this Saturday for a preview of our summer Creation Station!

Local chalk artist Erick Toussaint, a.k.a. San Diego's "Sidewalk Chalk Dad", will be recreating the Russian icon "Vladimir Mother of God" in the Timken's front plaza on Saturday, June 26th from 10am to 2pm. If you find yourself inspired after watching Toussaint draw, the Creation Station will contain a large chalkboard where you'll be able to create your own chalk masterpieces, too. The Creation Station is FREE. We will provide all art supplies; just bring your imagination and creativity.

➡️ For more details, you can check out our website at
https://www.timkenmuseum.org/explore/creation-station/

#TimkenSummer #CreationStation #TimkenMuseum #ErickToussaint #SanDiegoCommunity #ArtForAll #SummerInSanDiego #BalboaPark Balboa Park

Come by this Saturday for a preview of our summer Creation Station!

Local chalk artist Erick Toussaint, a.k.a. San Diego's "Sidewalk Chalk Dad", will be recreating the Russian icon "Vladimir Mother of God" in the Timken's front plaza on Saturday, June 26th from 10am to 2pm. If you find yourself inspired after watching Toussaint draw, the Creation Station will contain a large chalkboard where you'll be able to create your own chalk masterpieces, too. The Creation Station is FREE. We will provide all art supplies; just bring your imagination and creativity.

➡️ For more details, you can check out our website at
https://www.timkenmuseum.org/explore/creation-station/

#TimkenSummer #CreationStation #TimkenMuseum #ErickToussaint #SanDiegoCommunity #ArtForAll #SummerInSanDiego #BalboaPark Balboa Park

06/22/2021
Timken App: Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo

Interested in learning more about the Timken collection? Here's a sample of what you could discover with our Timken Museum of Art App.

Our mobile app is an easy way to explore our collection--it's free--and if you don't have a smartphone, it's available as a web app, too!

➡️ Download for free in your mobile app store, or launch the web app instantly at https://web-app.cuseum.com/?98#!/tours

#Virtual #Timken #TimkenMuseum #ArtHistory #timkenmuseumofart #WithLoveSanDiego #museumfromhome #museumathome #ItalianArt #Italian #Savoldo #TimkenTours

06/22/2021
Anthony van Dyck and the Court of Charles I

Portraits. Today we take them for granted, but from the fifth to the fifteenth century - for much of medieval history - discrete portraits of individuals were a rarity, a form reserved for rulers and historic figures. Only in the fifteenth century did European artists, working both north and south of the Alps, once again begin to produce independent portraits of men and women.

No painter has done more to define an era than Anthony van Dyck. His portraits of King Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria, and the courtiers who surrounded them are images of regal majesty, gilded youth, and feminine beauty. Charles I's patronage of the Flemish painter created a revolution in British portrait painting whose reverberations continued to be felt well into the 20th century. Join Timken Docent Elinor Merl for virtual talks about portraits in the Timken collection.

This lecture series celebrates portraiture, taking a look at the works of Bartolomeo Veneto in 16th-century Italy, Anthony van Dyck in 17th-century Britain, and John Singleton Copley in 18th-century America.

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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

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

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 4:30pm
Thursday 10am - 4:30pm
Friday 10am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday 12pm - 4:30pm

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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: “artivism” 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 don’t have to pretend that someone is listening. Mesa College Art Gallery: 619 388-2829 Poets Without Borders: Igor Goldkind 858 349 6429
“Jewels of the Season”: A delightful, joyous feast for the eyes. 🤩😃
#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.