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Small Worlds | Five Centuries of European Prints and Drawings from the Collection

July 5 - September 17

The Norton Museum of Art is delighted to announce Small Worlds: Five Centuries of European Prints and Drawings from the Collection

July 5 – Sept. 17, 2019

This exhibition comprises about 40 European drawings and prints made over the course of five centuries by artists ranging from Albrecht Dürer to Pablo Picasso, using a wide variety of media and techniques. Roughly chronological in its arrangement, the exhibition begins with soft metal cuts for illustrated bibles dating from the early 15th century, moves to works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Jacques Callot, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Edouard Manet, and Max Klinger, among others, and ends in the 20th century with works by Picasso, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee. While the exhibition features many well-known artists, it also highlights talented, but lesser-known artists and seldom seen works from the collection. These include works about which recent research has yielded important and exciting new insights. Small Worlds underlines the frequent role of prints and drawings as microcosms of experience intended to be seen close up.

EDOUARD MANET (French, 1832–1883)
Le Guitarero (or Le Chanteur Espagnol), 1861-1862
Etching on paper
Purchase, R.H. Norton Trust, 96.7

DAVID LUCAS (British, 1802–1881)
after JOHN CONSTABLE (British, 1776–1837)
A Mill, circa 1833
Gift of M. Knoedler & Co., 53.349

About the Norton Museum of Art

Founded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art is recognized for its distinguished holdings in American, European, and Chinese art, and a continually expanding presence for Photography and Contemporary art. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century European painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso, and American works by Stuart Davis, Hopper, O’Keeffe, Pollock, and Sheeler.

The Norton presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours, and programs for adults and children throughout the year. In 2011, the Norton launched RAW (Recognition of Art by Women), featuring the work of a living female painter or sculptor and funded by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund / ML Dauray Arts Initiative. In 2012, the Norton established the biennial, international Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers in partnership with Beth Rudin DeWoody, in honor of her late father, Lewis Rudin.

In 2016, the Norton broke ground for a visionary expansion designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, under the direction of Pritzker Prize- winning architect Lord Norman Foster. The project reoriented the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway, restoring the symmetry of the museum’s original 1941 design, and includes a new 59,000-square-foot West Wing that doubles education space, and increases gallery space for the Norton’s renowned collection. The transformation of the Museum’s 6.3-acre campus created a museum in a garden, featuring new, verdant spaces and a sculpture garden.

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10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday
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Admission prices:

Members: Free
General: $18
Seniors: (60+): $15
Students: $5 with valid school ID
Children: Free for ages 12 and under
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Museum admission is free to the public on Fridays and Saturdays!

  • Free Fridays are made possible by the generosity of The Lunder Foundation – Peter and Paula Lunder Family.
  • Free Saturdays are made possible by the generosity of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and Damon and Katherine Mezzacappa.

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July 5
September 17
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