The Portrait, from Raphael to Modigliani

Dec 20, 2010

"Cowper" looks funny in front of "Madonna."

Someone at the Norton Simon has a thing for portraiture. It’s been a little over eight months since the close of their exhibit, Gaze: Portraiture After Ingres, which featured prominently a loan from the Frick, Jean-Auguste-Dominque Ingres’s Comtesse d’Haussonville, 1845. Now they’ve got another famous portrait on loan, this time from the National Gallery in Washington: Raphael’s The Small Cowper Madonna, c. 1505.  Hard as it is to believe, this makes it the only painting by Raphael in a collection west of D.C. (crazy, right?). It’s on loan until January 24. Read more about it here.

While the Norton hasn’t built a whole exhibit around a loaned painting this time, they are giving portrait-themed tours, including one the day after Christmas. More details here. It looks to cover portraiture from Raphael’s 1505 Madonna to Modigliani’s Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, 1818. If you missed last year’s portraiture exhibit, you’ll likely be able to catch many of those paintings on the tour.

The Portrait: A Guided Tour
Sunday, December 26, 1 – 2 p.m.
The Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
$8 general admission / $4 seniors



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