Object Lessons: France in the Golden Age
On display at the Timken Museum of Art through June 3, a concentration of five French seventeenth-century paintings in the first of a series of small displays of art called "Object Lessons." This inaugural grouping is mounted on the occasion of the loan of Nicolas Poussin’s The Holy Family Returning to Nazareth from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Poussin’s painting has been generously sent to San Diego in exchange for the Timken’s Rembrandt, Saint Bartholomew, which is part of the major exhibition Rembrandt in America on view in Cleveland until May 28, 2012.
In honor of this important loan, the Timken has arranged for the painting to be shown alongside four paintings by Poussin's contemporaries: the Timken's own Christ Healing the Blind (1655-60) by Philippe de Champaigne, its Pastoral Landscape (1646-47) by Claude Lorrain, as well as the San Diego Museum of Art's Aeneas and his Father Fleeing Troy (ca. 1635) by Simon Vouet and The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist in a Classical Landscape (ca. 1645) generously lent from a private collection in San Diego.