San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego

Trip Start Apr 11, 2010
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Trip End May 20, 2010


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Friday, April 16, 2010

The San Diego Museum of Art and Timken Museum are two of the many museums set in on "The Prado", the Neo Spanish Colonial themed center of Balboa Park that housed the 1915 California-Panama Universal Exposition. The Timkin is a small museum of mostly European old master paintings from a collection that has a somewhat different history than that in the larger San Diego Museum of Art next door.  What it lacks in quantity it makes up for in the quality of its collection, including such masterpieces as Pieter Brueghel the Elder's "Parable of the Sower" and portraits by Rubens, Rembrandt, and Franz Hals.

The San Diego Museum of Art is not large in comparison the many other encyclopedic museum collections in America.  Nevertheless, many of the great masters of art, both old and modern, are represented by at least one painting or sculpture.  The Spanish school is especially well represented with works by Zurbaran, Cotan, Murillo, Ribera, and El Greco.  The SDMA also exhibits a large part of its substantial collection of Asian art.

I photographed many works in the SDMA as practice for my tentative plans for an "Art on Campus" book to see how well they'd come out.  I took all my pictures on this trip with a handheld point-and-shoot Canon digital camera.  What do you think?
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