Timken Museum of Art


The Timken Museum of Art is located in Balboa Park at 1500 El Prado in San Diego, CA. the museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The museum is closed Monday's and all major holidays. Admission to the museum is free. The art at the museum is a collection of European artwork from various artists. The Putnam sisters, who founded the museum and the Putnam Foundation, have artwork that is a permanent fixture and always on display.

European old master paintings, Russian icons and American art constitute the primary focus of the collection.

The Putnam Collection's European paintings span nearly 600 years of Western art from early Italian altarpieces to mid-nineteenth century French landscape painting. The collection includes fine examples of French, Dutch, Flemish, and Italian painting. A featured highlight is San Diego's only painting by the great Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn.

Russian icons from the Moscow and Novgorad schools, the oldest dating to the fifteenth century, are on view in a special gallery. A late bronze sculpture of Mercury by the famed sculptor Giambologna graces the center of the rotunda, which is adorned with French seventeenth century tapestries from the Stories of Queen Artemisia series.

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