Afternoon Salon

Domestic Bliss: The Role of the Family in 15th- to 17th-Century Art

The Birth of the Virgin, c. 1627
Francisco de Zurbarán
Spanish, 1598-1664
Oil on canvas
55-1/2 x 42-3/4 in. (141 x 108.6 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation

Domestic Bliss: The Role of the Family in 15th- to 17th-Century Art

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Educator: Staff Educator
Type: Afternoon Salon

The deeply intertwined relationship between religion and family represents one of the most significant and recurring themes in European art of the 15th to 17th centuries. Whether these works were meant for display at home or in a church, they were intended to encourage viewers to follow the domestic example set by biblical families. Explore this theme, starting with Desiderio da Settignano’s Beauregard Madonna, an example of art that was meant to inspire young brides to start a family; and Murillo, Zurbarán and Giordano’s birth paintings, reassuring images of childbirth at a time when such an act often involved great risk.


Meets in Entrance Gallery | The program is free with admission and limited to 20 participants. | Please sign up at the Information Desk no later than 15 minutes prior to each session.