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Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido

Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido

This captivating exhibition presents rare tapestries and related cartoons, or preparatory drawings, from the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Matisse/Odalisque

Matisse/Odalisque

This focus exhibition explores the theme of the odalisque in European art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Featuring pictures by Henri Matisse, Frédéric Bazille, and Pablo Picasso, among others, it shows that artists employed dazzling combinations of color and ornament to foreground the orientalist subject as a work of pictorial fantasy.

[Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Odalisque with Tambourine (Harmony in Blue) (detail) 1926, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, © 2019 Succession H. Matisse/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

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From top to bottom: Royal Hunt and Storm (detail), c. 1630–35
Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1610–1662)
Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on linen
109-5/8 x 138 in. (278.4 x 350.5 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation; Odalisque with Tambourine (Harmony in Blue) (detail) 1926
Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)
Oil on canvas
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© 2018 Succession H. Matisse/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York