Norton Simon Art Museum

Todays adventure takes us to Norton Simon Art Museum which is located in Pasadena, CA. If you have never been to the City of Pasadena, then you are missing out. There is plenty to do, see and eat in this city and it is very well taken care. Andy and I decided to visit the Norton Simon Art Museum since we had been very curious about it. We were very impressed with museum and we fell in love with many of the paintings which are displayed. There is plenty to see which includes paintings, sculptures and a garden. We got to see private art collections from the 14th to 16th, 17th and 18th, 19th, 20th century and South and Southeast Asian. Let’s begin with giving you information about the Museum.

Address: 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105
Parking: Free

Hours: Tuesday – Closed, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday – 12:00PM to 5:00PM, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11:00AM to 8:00PM and Sunday 11:00AM to 5:00PM.

Admission: Adults – $15, Seniors (ages 62 and above) – $12 and Children (ages 18 and under), students with valid ID, active military personnel with valid ID are Free.

We started with the 14th to 16th century European art which included plenty of religious pieces and examples of secular. There are paintings from Paolo Veneziano, Giovanni di Paolo, Guariento di Arpo, Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, El Greco and Bellini to name a few. The religious paintings really caught our eyes and we loved knowing more information about them. 

Portrait of a Young Noblewoman by School of Alonzo Sanchez Coello

The Birth of St. Jon the Baptist by Bartolome-Esteban Murillo

The Coronation of the Virgin by Gerard David

Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece by Guariento di Arpo

Venus and Cupid in a Landscape by Jacopo Palma

Then we began to see the 17th to 18th century paintings from Italy and Spain. This section has paintings from the 17th century dutch genre, portrait and landscape paintings, end of century with religious landscapes. 

The Cloister of the Augustinian Nuns by Hubert Robert

Happy Lovers by Jean-Honore Fragonard

Aldrovandi Dog by Giovanni Francesco Barbierri

The 19th century has collections of impressionist and post impressionist art. In this section you will see paintings from van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Degas. To be honest this was one of our favorite century. The paintings were amazing and left us breathless. 

Louis XI in Costume and Henrietta Anne of England by Joseph Werner

Site in Italy by Jean Baptiste Camille Corot

Andy and I were more familiar with the paintings from the 20th century which had modern and contemporary, post World War II and art from 1950’s to 1970’s. This section included paintings from Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Sam Francis, Agnes Martin and Diego Rivera to name a few. 

Exotic Landscape from Henri Rousseau

Cupboard from Emile Bernard

We then went outside and explored the beautiful garden. It was peaceful and full of interesting sculptures. There are benches where you are able to sit down and just enjoy the day and view the garden. The garden had beautiful flowers and plants which made it very relaxing.

Lastly, on the lower level we visited the art of South and Southeast Asia. We hope you do not skip the lower part of the museum it is very beautiful. This part of the museum has more traditional sculptures than paintings. The collections on display are rich in art from Indian subcontinent, which includes stone sculptures from Kushana, Gupta and Chola bronzes from southern India. 

Andy and I had a blast looking though all the paintings. We learned about new painters that we hadn’t heard about before and saw paintings we feel in love with. The museum is well taken care of, clean and big. Give yourself time when visiting this museum, it took us about two hours to go through the entire museum. We are not experts when it comes to art, however we loved how next to each painting was information about it. There is plenty to see and read about when visiting this museum. We were glad we finally visited Norton Simon Museum and learned plenty of new informations about painters and the type of paintings that are displayed. We hope you get to visit this museum and enjoy it as much as we did. 

What do you think of the Norton Simon Museum? 

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