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Educator Daphne Beneke surveys the diverse subjects, materials and purposes of sculpture over time, looking at Bodhisattva Maitreya (2nd-3rd century), Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen (modeled 1878–81; cast after 1936) by Edgar Degas and Rock Form (Porthcurno) (1964) by Barbara Hepworth, from the Museum's sculpture collection.Produced as part of the Mu…
 
Since the start of the pandemic, the Norton Simon Museum’s education department has created nearly three dozen brief recorded meditations paired with artworks from the collections. These online Meditative Moments were created as a way to contemplate and interact with art on a deeper level and to provide a sense of solace at home. In this short vide…
 
In celebration of the Museum’s new collection catalogue Italian Paintings in the Norton Simon Museum: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, author Nicholas Penny narrates a series of videos exploring a single painting in depth, and reveals some of the discoveries he made during the course of researching the book.In this episode, Penny examines …
 
In celebration of the Museum’s new collection catalogue Italian Paintings in the Norton Simon Museum: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, author Nicholas Penny narrates a series of videos exploring a single painting in depth, and reveals some of the discoveries he made during the course of researching the book.In this episode, Penny looks at …
 
In celebration of the Museum’s new collection catalogue Italian Paintings in the Norton Simon Museum: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, author Nicholas Penny narrates a series of videos exploring a single painting in depth, and reveals some of the discoveries he made during the course of researching the book.In this episode, Penny provides …
 
Between 2018–2019, the Norton Simon Museum collaborated with the Department of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum to clean and conserve the Simon’s three paintings by Édouard Manet.In this video, Chief Curator Emily Talbot interviews Devi Ormond, Associate Conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, about the challenges of treating The…
 
Between 2018–2019, the Norton Simon Museum collaborated with the Department of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum to clean and conserve the Simon’s three paintings by Édouard Manet.In this video, Chief Curator Emily Talbot interviews Laura Rivers, Associate Conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, on her treatment of Still Life with…
 
Between 2018–2019, the Norton Simon Museum collaborated with the Department of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum to clean and conserve the Simon’s three paintings by Édouard Manet.In this video, Chief Curator Emily Talbot interviews Devi Ormond, Associate Conservator of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, on the astonishing resu…
 
Head of Education Michelle Brenner takes a close look at Edgar Degas's Women Ironing (begun c.1875–1876; reworked c.1882–1886) and discusses how art can encourage and develop empathy.The series Spotlight on Art: Videos for Schools offers a closer look at objects from the Norton Simon collections. Featuring 2 to 3 artworks, each video is designed to…
 
Part of a series celebrating the lives and careers of women artists, this short video looks at the French artist Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun (1755–1842), whose portrait of Theresia, Countess Kinsky, is one of the most striking paintings in our collection.Produced as part of the Museum's Encounters with the Collection video series.…
 
Educator Nicolas Fyhrie discusses French art from the late-18th and 19th centuries through Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun's Portrait of Theresia, Countess Kinsky (1793), Édouard Manet's The Ragpicker (c. 1865–1870) and Claude Monet's The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil (1881). Produced as part of the Museum's Videos for Schools series.…
 
Part of a series celebrating the lives and careers of women artists, this short video looks at the Dutch artist Rachel Ruysch (1664/5–1750), a master of the still-life genre whose Nosegay on a Marble Plinth is among the treasures of the Norton Simon’s Northern European art collection.Produced as part of the Museum's Encounters with the Collection v…
 
Part of a series celebrating the lives and careers of women artists, this short video features the French artist Berthe Morisot (1841–1895), whose daringly sketchlike In a Villa at the Seaside is a highlight of the Museum’s Impressionist galleries.Produced as part of the Museum's Encounters with the Collection video series.…
 
Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings and Chair, Curatorial Affairs, The J. Paul Getty MuseumJuly 2020Over the course of his short but unprecedented career, Raphael painted the image of the Virgin and Child many times and in different iterations, including the masterpiece today at the Norton Simon Museum. In this lecture Davide Gasparotto …
 
In this short video, Curator Gloria Williams Sander looks at Francisco de Zurbarán’s exquisite Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose from 1633. While the artist depicts the objects in rigorous balance and without extraneous detail, upon closer examination the painting evokes religious motifs and meaning.Produced as part of the Museum's Encount…
 
Tracy Cosgriff, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, College of Wooster, and Lisa Pon, Professor of Art History, University of Southern CaliforniaJune 2020To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, art historians Tracy Cosgriff and Lisa Pon discuss the artist’s life, practice and paintings with Assistant Curator Maggie Bell. Ex…
 
In this short video focused on Édouard Manet's The Ragpicker (c. 1865–1870), Chief Curator Emily Talbot shares some insight into the world of ragpickers, or chiffonniers, in 19th-century Paris, as well as Manet’s influences and related paintings. This large-scale painting was and remains a powerful depiction of those typically overlooked or underre…
 
Explore Edgar Degas's life-sized copy of Nicolas Poussin’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, a painting that forecasts his lifelong commitment to depicting dramatic movement and expressive forms.The narration was created in conjunction with the 2017 exhibition Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, which examined the impulsive and instinctual nature of Edgar…
 
Examine how Edgar Degas returned to a simple pose over and over again, in drawing, sculpture and the breathtaking pastel Dancers in the Wings.The narration was created in conjunction with the 2017 exhibition Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, which examined the impulsive and instinctual nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice.…
 
See how Edgar Degas incorporated an unusual variety of materials and media to create his sculptures Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen and The Tub. The narration was created in conjunction with the 2017 exhibition Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, which examined the impulsive and instinctual nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice.…
 
Suzanne Muchnic, art writerSaturday, September 21, 2019Norton Simon was always a subject of speculation. In the art world, he became such a high-powered but unpredictable collector that observers couldn’t help wondering what he would buy—or sell—next. His courtships with museums and educational institutions led to pointed questions about what would…
 
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, fashion historianSaturday, August 24, 2019Fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell examines how the sumptuous fashions of the mid-18th century inform our interpretations of three exquisite French paintings on loan to the Norton Simon from The Frick Collection.Presented in conjunction with The Sweetness of Life: Three…
 
David Pullins, Assistant Curator, The Frick CollectionSaturday, June 15, 2019Focusing on three important paintings from The Frick Collection lent to the Museum, this lecture explores the status of female models in 18th-century France, especially how they were torn between their identification as faithful wives, professional models and disreputable …
 
Hannah Riley, Principal Conservator, Riley Textile ConservationSaturday, April 13, 2019In 2017, conservator Hannah Riley studied and repaired the Flemish tapestry The Death of Dido, currently on view in Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido. This lecture explores the twists and turns Riley and her conservation companions encountered a…
 
Stephan Koja, Director, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen DresdenSaturday, March 23, 2019Art 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 p…
 
Nancy Evans Dance TheatreSaturday, March 16, 2019Nancy Evans Dance Theatre explores through dance, music, art and text the tragic love story between Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Prince Aeneas of Troy from Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid. Branching off from Virgil’s tale, this powerful performance tells the tale of Dido from her perspective. Following…
 
Emily Talbot, Acting Chief Curator, Norton Simon MuseumSaturday, March 2, 2019Working from a live model was a vital aspect of Henri Matisse’s artistic practice. He depended on the women who posed for him for creative inspiration, and several of them became trusted studio assistants and surrogate family members. This lecture focuses on three importa…
 
Patricia Fortini Brown, Professor Emerita of Art & Archaeology, Princeton UniversitySaturday, February 9, 2019Wives, virgins or courtesans? The feminine mystique of Renaissance Venice sanctioned two desirable roles for honorable women: as a wife and mother managing the family palace or as a virginal bride of Christ confined to a convent. Carpaccio’…
 
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