By the Left Coast Rebel
My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting the Timken Museum of Art recently (website here). The Timken museum is fabulous in several respects. First, it's free. If you have been to Balboa Park here in San Diego any time lately, you're sure to find that the museums are prohibitively expensive. For example, upon arriving, we considered the Natural History museum (I love fossils, etc. and there is a new exhibit) but the tickets were ridiculously expensive -- $17 per adult. Upon seeing this we instead grabbed a coffee, walked to the reflecting pools and atrium and just happened to stumble upon the Timken Museum of Art...
The museum displays Dutch and Flemish, French, Italian and Russian icon art (the oldest in the collection, dating back to the 15th century). The works were gorgeous, in particular I loved the America paintings including "An American Ship in Distress" that was painted in 1841 and pertains to the War of 1812.
This is an image of this piece:
In this unusually large work, a violent storm has damaged the masts, sails, and rigging of a ship. As the crew lowers a lifeboat from the stern, a rescue boat approaches from the right, and a sidewheeler and another vessel come to the crew's aid from the left. The transparency and volume of the waves, the changing weather, and the other accurate details persuasively convey the plight of the ship and her crew.
Another neat piece was"The Cranbury Harvest, Island of Nantucket":