Timken Museum offers many wonders

Bernardino Licinio, “Holy Family with the Infant St. John the Baptist,” 1514. (Collection of Lowell and Jill Teschmacher)

Timken Museum offers many wonders

‘Private Devotions: Italian Paintings and Sculptures from San Diego Collections’
“Private Devotions: Italian Paintings and Sculptures from San Diego Collections” is the second in the ongoing summer series “Collections in Context” designed to highlight important works of art from private collections and heighten understanding of significant works of art at the Timken Museum.

Lorenzo Ghiberti, “Madonna and Child,” second quarter of the 15th century. (Collection of Robert and Karen Hoehn)

Curated by Derrick R. Cartwright, PhD., director of Curatorial Affairs, this exhibition features more than a dozen magnificent Italian masterworks of art dating from the 13th through the 17th centuries. Highlighted and newly displayed is the Timken Museum of Art’s Niccol di Buonaccorso’s “Madonna of Humility” with St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Christopher, the Annunciation and the Crucifixion.

Generally recognized as one of the rarest and most engaging Sienese artists of the last half of the 14th century, Buonaccorso is known primarily for his production of small-scale altar pieces for private devotions. The Timken’s triptych displays the sophistication of the artist’s short five-year career, approximately 1370-1375. The exhibition also showcases objects often used by individual worshipers as part of the personal prayers or shown in intimate domestic settings. Rarely seen by the public, only a few of these works have been on display previously.

In addition to the Timken’s Niccol di Buonaccorso “Madonna of Humility,” the “Private Devotions” includes exquisite Italian masterpieces from the collections of Robert and Karen Hoehn, Lowell and Jill Teschmacher and Frank and Demi Rogozienski. Art works include: Luca de Tomme “The Trinity and the Crucifixion with scenes from the Life of Christ,” Giuseppe Maria Crespi “Madonna and Child” (early 18th century); Lorenzo Ghiberti “Madonna and Child” (second quarter of the 15th century) and Bernardino Licinio’s “Holy Family with the Infant St. John the Baptist” (1514).

Luca de Tommè, “The Trinity and the Crucifixion with Scenes from the life of Christ,” 1355. (Putnam Foundation Collection)

“Private Devotions: Italian Paintings and Sculptures from San Diego Collections” runs through Aug. 20.

‘The Modernist Presents: Bianca Luini: Incontri d’Arte (Meeting of the Arts)’
Incontri d’Arte  (Meeting of the Arts)” launches “The Modernist: Architecture + Design” presented by the Timken Museum of Art and Gensler, an integrated architecture and design firm in San Diego. “The Modernist: Architecture + Design” celebrates modernist, post-modernist and other 20th and 21st century approaches to design by visionary architects and artists.

With “The Modernist” mission in mind, “Incontri d’Arte (Meeting of the Arts)” reimagines select masterpieces from the Timken collection, pairing them with fashion images selected by Bianca Luini, an Italian-based designer in Milan. As Bianca Luini says, “Fashion is everywhere and everything is in fashion.” Housing these images is a Gensler-designed and visually stunning installation in the museum that experiments with space and dimensions within the Timken.

The Modernist program was originally inspired by the Timken’s mid-century modern building, which is often recognized as the second most important mid-century building in San Diego, after Louis Kahn’s iconic Salk Institute in La Jolla. The unique and intriguing “Incontri d’Arte” will show that the inspiration for fashion is often rooted in the masterpieces that have served as the foundation of fine art through the ages. The Timken, Gensler and designer Bianca Luini are the perfect collaborators to feature a modern twist and offer a new perspective on the Timken’s priceless collection of European old master paintings.  His program runs through Aug. 27.

Free Summer Family Mural Project
A free Summer Family Mural Project in conjunction with Food Truck Fridays in Balboa Park is offered on the first Friday evening of each month through September and gives families new and exciting ways to experience art. Facilitated by the Timken’s teaching artist, families will participate in painting a large mural in front of the museum and then head into the museum for an art treasure hunt.

Four different treasure hunt activities, which participants can take home, will be created for each event. Each treasure hunt will highlight different paintings in the museum, prompting families to view all the masterpieces in the collection for clues as they track down specific details from the selected paintings. Everyone in the family can be an art detective and discover the wonders within masterpieces in the Timken.

The free, Family Mural Project, starting at 5 p.m. on specific Friday evenings, will give families new and exciting ways to experience art. The themes for summer 2017 are as follows:

• Aug. 4: John Frederick Peto, In the Library
• Sept. 1: George Inness, Ariccia

Timken Museum of Art is located at 1500 El Prado in Balboa Park. The Timken Museum of Art is always free. Visit

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