Great Small Museums of America

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Isabella Steward Gardner Museum

   Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D. 

Evenings at 7:00 PM

(doors open at 6:15 PM for wine and goodies)

$30 per lecture

(MON, MAR 13) J. PAUL GETTY VILLA, PACIFIC PALISADES 

In 1954, oil tycoon J. Paul Getty opened a gallery adjacent to his home in Pacific Palisades. Quickly running out of room, he built a second museum, the Villa, on a nearly hill, a spectacular 64-acre setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The villa design was inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum. The collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD. Among the outstanding items is Victorious Youth, one of few life-size Greek bronze statues to have survived to modern times. TICKETS

 

(TUES, MAR 14) NORTON SIMON MUSEUM, PASADENA

Industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed a collection of European masterworks from the Renaissance to the 20th century and Asian art spanning 2,000 years, which he arranged to display in the former Pasadena Art Museum, which already had a fine collection of modern works. In 1995, the museum was renovated by architect Frank Gehry, resulting in more intimate galleries with raised ceilings and improved lighting, increased rotating exhibition space, an entire floor devoted to Asian art, and restored access to the gardens, which display a 20th-century sculpture collection in an engaging setting. Come visit this excellent museum, which is visible on camera each year as the Tournement of Roses parade passes by. TICKETS

 

(THURS, MAR 16) THE FRICK COLLECTION, NEW YORK CITY

Housed in one of the few remaining Gilded Age mansions in New York City is the collection of Western painting, sculpture, and decorative art of steel industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919). Visitors stroll through the rooms of the mansion, viewing masterpieces by Fragonard, Holbein, Titian, El Greco, Bellini, Constable, Ruisdael, Corot, Rembrandt, Velázquez, Vermeer, Degas, Goya, Turner, Van Dyck, Claude Lorrain, Whistler, and Piero della Francesca (the only one in the United States). The rooms are also rich with Italian bronzes and Chinese porcelain vases and exceptional eighteenth-century French furniture and Sèvres porcelain.  TICKETS

 

(FRI, MAR 17) ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM, BOSTON

In 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner—heiress, art collector, and philanthropist—opened to the people of Boston a museum that she designed herself to emulate a 15th-century Venetian palazzo. During her lifetime, her collection extended to more than 2,500 objects in all forms of the serious and decorative arts, including works by Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Fra Angelico, Cellini, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler, Matisse, and Sargent—all displayed in the intimate atmosphere of a grand and lovely private home. Hers is one of the best personal art collections in America.  TICKETS

 

TICKETS: 408-864-4060, Monday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM
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Institute for the Study of Western Civilization

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