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TIMKEN MUSUEM OF ART The Timken Museum of Art has its roots in the coincidental San Diego Relationship between two sisters the Misses Anne R and Amy Putnam members of the Timken family of the Timken roller bearing treasure and a local attorney Walter Ames The affluent Putnam sisters arrived in San Diego in the early 1900s from Vermont accompanied by their elderly parents and preceded by a millionaire uncle Henry Putnam The two sisters never were married spent decades obtaining Old Masters Initial paintings were donated to San Diegos Fine Arts Gallery Later the sisters acquisitions remained in their possession and were loaned to prestigious institutions around the country Next attorney Walter Ames appears on the scene in 1950 helping the Putnam sisters establish the nonprofit Putnam Foundation and later securing the financial support of the of the Timken family to build the TIMKEN ART GALLERY which is now known as the TIMKEN MUSEUM OF ART In 1965 the Putnams commodious art collection came back home and was hung in its permanent quarters on the Prado in Balboa Park and the Timken officially opened on October 1 of that year Today the Timken collection is comprised of 126 works of art predominantly paintings augmented by small holdings in sculpture and embellished art objects The works consist of three distinct collections European Masters Russian Icons and American Artists Each collection boasts unique and priceless representations of the specific genre In the European Masters collection Rembrandts Saint Bartholomew is the only painting by that Dutch artist on display at any museum in San Diego First let us take a look at the famous painting Our Lady Of Jerusalem It is a seventeenth century panel painting of tempera and gold on wood The colors are of dark shades and very little background I like how the Virgins head is highlighted with a darker shade
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