Norton Simon from Home | Raphael: The Making of a Master

Sit down and enjoy some art-related activities courtesy of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

New Digital Lecture: Raphael: The Making of a Master

Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings and Chair, Curatorial Affairs, J. Paul Getty Museum

Over 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 at the Museum. In this lecture, Davide Gasparotto illustrates how Raphael was able to infuse new life into a traditional subject, exploring the artist’s creative process and his intense dialogue with contemporary painters, from Perugino to Leonardo da Vinci. | WATCH

Mindful Monday: Perspective Meditation

In Still Life with Musical Instruments, fragments of familiar and unfamiliar shapes, patterns and textures fill the octagonal surface of a tabletop tipped to its side. Georges Braque was a classical musician, and references to music can be seen throughout the composition. Its flat, overlapping shapes and muted colors are typical of Cubism, a style of art developed by Braque and Pablo Picasso in which subjects are reduced to simple shapes and objects are seen from multiple perspectives at the same time. Take a moment to contemplate the idea of perspective. | MEDITATE
Art-Making Activity: Wire Portrait
Pablo Picasso used lines to create a portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter. He created a rhythm with line throughout Woman with a Book, making Marie-Thérèse the center of attention. Experiment making self-portraits using line and easy-to-bend aluminum wire. | MAKE
Mindful Monday: Perspective Meditation
In Still Life with Musical Instruments, fragments of familiar and unfamiliar shapes, patterns and textures fill the octagonal surface of a tabletop tipped to its side. Georges Braque was a classical musician, and references to music can be seen throughout the composition. Its flat, overlapping shapes and muted colors are typical of Cubism, a style of art developed by Braque and Pablo Picasso in which subjects are reduced to simple shapes and objects are seen from multiple perspectives at the same time. Take a moment to contemplate the idea of perspective. | MEDITATE
What We’re Watching: From Our Friends
Manager of Youth and Family Programs Mariko Tu writes, “The Noguchi Museum’s free virtual learning program, Center of Attention, is thirty minutes of being in the present moment, focusing on one artwork and engaging through conversation and sketching or writing. I participated in a thoughtful session led by Head of Education Shannon Murphy, looking at an image of Noguchi’s interlocking sculpture, Strange Bird. I enjoyed our time sketching while listening to music composed by a staff member inspired by Strange Bird, sharing thoughts and ideas about the sculpture and learning more about Noguchi’s life. I look forward to the next session focusing on Noguchi’s sculpture, Brilliance.” | WATCH
From Our Archives: Conservation of Jack Youngerman’s Red-Vermillion
In this interview from 2011, Curator Gloria Williams Sander talks to Tiarna Doherty, then Associate Conservator of Painting from the Getty Museum, about the Norton Simon’s Red-Vermillion by Jack Youngerman and how it was analyzed, cleaned and conserved. | READ