The Chrysler Museum was founded in 1933 in Norfolk. Originally it was a provincial museum of art and science, but in 1971 Walter Chrysler Jr., son of the same Chrysler, donated to the museum his rich collection of classical and contemporary art, so the museum got its present name.
Joos Goemaere or one of his followers, Christ in the house of Mary and Martha, about 1600.
The Gospel of Luke (10:38-42) describes Martha and Mary, her sister. They lived together in a house in a village whose name was not known. The name of the area is also unknown. However, Jesus passed there, “He came to one village, and a woman named Martha took him into her house. She had a sister, in the name of Mary. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet and listens to him, while Martha takes care of the food. Not having time to prepare all that the guest needs, she complains to Jesus, “Lord! Or do you not need my sister to leave me alone to serve? Tell her to help me.” Jesus replied: “Martha! Martha! You care and fuss about many things, but you only need them; Mary chose the good part that will not be taken away from her.
Antoine Lenin, St. Hieronymus, 1642-43.
José de Ribera, St. Jerome, 1650.
Jean-Francois de Troyes, Christ and the Woman of Hananayan, 1743.
One of the most mysterious episodes of the gospel of Matthew (15:21-28). Christ answered the woman’s request and healed her daughter, but what has happened to this day is still open to interpretation.
Jean Leon Bazile Perrault, Orphans, 1888.
Pierre Cecile Puvis de Chavannes, Allegory, 1848.
The painting presents three of the most famous personalities who stood at the origin of the Renaissance. On the left stands the artist and architect Giotto, in the center is the famous Savonarola, and on the right is Dante, author of the Divine Comedy.
Antonis Van Dyck, Apostle Paul, 1618 – 1620.
Antonis Van Dyck, Apostle Thomas, 1618 – 1620.
Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto), Allegory of Spring, 1546-48.
Pieter Pourbus, Last Supper, 1543-44.
Francesco Primaticcio School, Temperance, 1560.
The direct translation of “Reservation” or “Moderation” is somehow not very suitable, the help of the hall is welcome.
Lucas Cranach the Younger, Christ and sinner, 1537.
At first glance nothing special, this episode is depicted in thousands of paintings by other artists, but look at the faces!
Brighton Riviera, Time of War, 1874.
The owner of these dogs just read in the paper about his son’s death in the war.
Gustave Dore, Rookie, 1832-33.
A young novice who had just joined the monastic brethren clearly thought about his act.
Adolf Bugro, Orest, persecuted by the Erynias, 1862.
The half-remembered Academician Bugro at the beginning of the last century is again in fashion. The painting is based on an episode from the Aeschylus tragedy “Orest”.
Jean Georges Vibert, Daphnis and Chloe, 1866.
We say goodbye to this small but very pleasant museum. But what are all those kids in pajamas doing in the lobby?
It turns out that this is Norfolk’s popular “Pajama Party” and children are entertained and introduced to art. True, unlike a real Pajama Party, they don’t leave them for the night at the museum.