Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, on Loan from The Frick Collection
Through March 3, 2014
Listen to our podcast on Goya's Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna

Unflinching Vision: Goya's Rare Prints
Through March 3, 2014


In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas
Opening March 28, 2014

Dukes, Duchesses and Commoners:
The Values of the Hispanic Cultural Tradition in the Art of Francisco de Goya

Dr. Marcus B. Burke, Senior Curator, The Hispanic Society of America
Sat, February 1, 4:00 p.m. | Theater

While the Spanish painter Francisco Goya is famous as one of the world's first great modern artists, he is equally celebrated as a quintessentially Spanish master. Dr. Burke investigates the ways in which the values of Hispanic culture are expressed in the visual arts, and how Goya both celebrated and criticized these values in his works.

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Fri, February14, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a glorious evening looking at one of the world's most revered artists, Francisco de Goya. The evening begins with an overview by Chief Curator Carol Togneri of the art of Goya in the Norton Simon's collections, with a spotlight on Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, on loan from The Frick Collection. Curator Leah Lehmbeck follows by speaking about the exhibition Unflinching Vision: Goya's Rare Prints, which demonstrates the artist's mastery of printmaking and his ability to represent the spirit of his time. Offered throughout the evening are art-making activities that allow artists of all ages to create original works of art. A special wine and tapas menu is available at the café.

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Soundscapes of Spain
Odeum Guitar Duo
Fri, February 28, 7:00 p.m. | Theater

The music of Spain has been deeply influenced by Moorish melodic and rhythmic elements. The light and shade of these musical soundscapes are most perfectly represented through the voice of the Spanish guitar. Spanish composers often created masterpieces to be performed by instruments other than the guitar, but all the while, they were trying to evoke the sounds and character of the guitar through whatever instrument or combination of instruments they were composing for. The Odeum Guitar Duo performs masterworks by Granados, Albéniz and other gifted Spanish composers who used the guitar as the implied voice and divine inspiration for their music.

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Afternoon Salon
What Makes Degas Modern?
Sun, February 9, 1:00 p.m.

Degas is typically regarded as an Impressionist painter, but throughout his career, he explored complex aspects of tradition and modernity. Examine the modern approach in subject, technique, composition and contemporary attitudes that link Degas with the 20th century.

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Adult Drawing Class
Understanding Basic Composition
Fri, February 28, 6:30 p.m.

Study composition with artist Will Weston. Working in the Museum galleries, the first class addresses essential elements of composition through a gallery tour. Afterward, students make marker studies of the basic compositional drivers from paintings in the Museum's collections.

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Guided Tours
Please note that space is limited to 25 participants. Sign up at the Information Desk no later than 15 minutes prior to the tour.

Revolutionary Painting: A Dialogue Between Modern Politics and Modern Art (1789–1922)
Saturday, February 1, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Highlights of the Collection
Friday, February 7, 6:00–7:00 p.m. and 7:00–8:00 p.m.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea: Landscapes and Seascapes in the Norton Simon Museum
Saturday, February 8, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Repositioned: Changes in the 19th-Century Wing
Saturday, February 15, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Grand Tales: The Narrative in Art
Saturday, February 22, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Highlights of the Collection: Art of the 14th to 16th Centuries
Sunday, February 23, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Exploring Color
Sat, February 8, 1:00 p.m.
Sun, February 9, 1:00 p.m.

Goya mastered value and tone to evoke powerful imagery through his etchings and paintings. Spend a weekend with artist Sofia Mas developing a technical understanding and application of color values and composition through pencil and oil pastel drawings.

This two-day program is free and all materials are provided. Designed for students ages 13–18. Advance registration is required.

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Paintings in Dialogue
Stories in the Afternoon
Sun, February 2, 2:00 p.m.
Sun, February 23, 2:00 p.m.
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Assembling Landscapes
Family Art Night
Fri, February 7, 6:30 p.m.
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Notable Accessories
Family Day
Sat, February 15, 1:00 p.m.
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Members of the Norton Simon enjoy the best of the Museum's offerings and receive fantastic benefits, including:
  • Unlimited free admission and audio tour rental for two adults
  • 20% discount in the Museum store and on class registration
  • 10% discount at the Museum's Garden Cafe
  • Subscription to our Members' Newsletter
  • Invitations to exhibition openings
  • Early seating at special events
Learn about our membership levels and join today at


Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

Artist Sharon Louden has edited a thoughtful collection of essays by forty working artists on the ins and outs of sustaining a creative career. This illuminating book will serve as a valuable guide for anyone pursing the life of as an artist.

Member price: $32.00 plus tax
Non-member price: $40.00 plus tax

HEADER: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French, 1732–1806, Happy Lovers (detail), c. 1760–65, Oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation; Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna (detail), c. 1790s, Oil on canvas, The Frick Collection, photo: Michael Bodycomb; Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746–1828, Los Caprichos: Nobody Knows Himself (detail), c. 1798, Etching with burnished aquatint, The Norton Simon Foundation; Odeum Guitar Duo; Pastel Gallery installation, photo by Elon Schoenholz; Claude Monet, French, 1840–1926, Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur (detail), 1865, Oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation; Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903, Tahitian Woman and Boy (detail), 1899, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon, © 2014 Norton Simon Art Foundation; Museum members, photo by Ramona Trent.

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