The Frick Collection
Peter Paul Rubens, The Holy Women at the Sepulchre Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Birth of Saint John the Baptist Francisco de Zurbarán, Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte), The Flight into Egypt Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino, Aldrovandi Dog
The West Gallery of The Frick Collection
Special Exhibition

Jacopo Bassano
The Flight into Egypt
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Holy Women at the Sepulchre
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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino
Aldrovandi Dog
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Francisco de Zurbarán
Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose

Masterpieces of European Painting from the Norton Simon Museum
February 10 through May 10, 2009

Francisco de Zurbar‡n, 1598-1664, Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633, oil on canvas, 62.2 x 109.5 cm, The Norton Simon Foundation  
Norton Winfred Simon, Norton Simon Museum Archives, Pasadena


Norton Winfred Simon (1907–1993) was born in Portland, Oregon. He was the eldest child and only son of the businessman Myer Simon and his wife, Lillian Glickman. In 1922 he moved to San Francisco with his father and two sisters following his mother’s death the previous year; he graduated from high school there at age sixteen. Although Simon enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley, he left after six weeks to join his father in business. The young man’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to Los Angeles, and by the age of twenty Norton Simon owned his first business: a steel jobbing foundry. In 1933 he married Lucille Ellis, with whom he had two sons. Following his father’s example of investing in financially troubled businesses, Simon proved himself an imaginative entrepreneur.

  Norton William Simon with paintings
  Norton Winfred Simon with paintings from his collection, Norton Simon Museum Archives,

Norton Simon’s wealth derived from numerous business ventures, ranging from the creation of a sheet metal distribution company to the triumphant revival of Hunt Foods, Inc., to the eventual formation of Norton Simon Inc., a multi-industry conglomerate that comprised companies such as Hunt-Wesson Foods, McCall’s Publishing, Canada Dry Corp., Max Factor cosmetics, and Avis Car Rental.

In addition to his extensive commercial enterprises, Simon cared greatly about educational issues and served on the University of California Board of Regents, the Carnegie Commission on the Future of Higher Education, and the board of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His enthusiasm for cultural organizations led him to become a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Music Center. In 1970 he competed in the Republican Party primary for a seat in the United States Senate. Although his bid was unsuccessful, Simon’s participation reveals his wide range of interests. Perhaps the most cherished of his pursuits, however, was his zealous collecting of art.

Principal funding for the exhibition is provided by Melvin R. Seiden in honor of Colin B. Bailey. Major corporate support is provided by Fiduciary Trust Company International. Additional support is generously provided by the Thaw Charitable Trust, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Birkelund, and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.