Raphael in Context
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (Italian, 1483–1520), Madonna and Child with Book, c. 1502–03, Oil on panel, Norton Simon Art Foundation
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death in April 1520, take a closer look at his masterpiece Madonna and Child with Book and learn more about this iconic Renaissance master and his time.
- Free with museum admission.
- Space is limited to 20 participants. Sign up is required and is taken at the Information Desk when the museum opens on a first come, first served basis.
- Meets in Entrance Gallery
Tours & Talks:
On the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, take a closer look at his Madonna and Child with Book in the context of his predecessors and contemporaries. Then explore Raphael’s influence on the artists who came after him, including Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and Rembrandt van Rijn. MORE INFO
Over the course of his short but unprecedented career, Raphael painted the image of the Virgin and Child many times and in different iterations, including the masterpiece today at the Norton Simon Museum. In this lecture Davide Gasparotto illustrates how Raphael was able to infuse new life into a traditional subject, exploring the artist’s creative process and his intense dialogue with contemporary painters, from Perugino to Leonardo da Vinci. MORE INFO
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, art historians Tracy Cosgriff and Lisa Pon discuss the artist’s life, practice and paintings. Exploring themes connected to the Norton Simon Museum’s elegant Madonna and Child with Book—the only painting by the artist on the West Coast—the conversation delves into how Raphael’s relationships with poets, scholars and erudite patrons, such as Pope Julius II later in his career, shaped the artist’s approach to religious painting. MORE INFO
Family, Youth & Teens:
Celebrate Mother’s Day by exploring Raphael’s Madonna and Child with Book and other works that touch on love and family. At the end of the tour, write a note to your mom or a loved one in a booklet to start an exchange of messages to each other for days to come. MORE INFO