Provenance Research

Documentation with regard to the provenance, or ownership history, of works of art in the Norton Simon Museum collection has been an important concern throughout the Museum's history. With the recent effort to investigate the history of ownership from the years 1933-1945, the Museum that now bears Simon's name took on an even more intensive research agenda to learn about the wartime provenance of its objects. Since the late 1990s, Simon staff and skilled scholars have scoured American and European archives and libraries to fill gaps during the war years, and that work continues today. For those interested in learning more about the pending lawsuit about the history of Lucas Cranach the Elder's Adam and Eve paintings, the Norton Simon Art Foundation, which owns the paintings, has issued this statement.  

The next step towards making this information more widely available beyond the printed publications and existing monographs was to expand upon the current information and images that first appeared on the Museum's website in 1995. Of primary interest and importance is the collection of European Paintings created before 1945, and the Norton Simon Museum is committed to updating and expanding upon this information regularly. The Curatorial Department of the Norton Simon Museum encourages any inquiries, and can be contacted at the address below:

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The Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105