San Diego Museum of Art : Michelin's recommendations
The collection here totals more than 12,000 objects, with particular strengths in Renaissance, Baroque, Asian and American art. It's housed in a 1926 building in Balboa Park. The elaborate Plateresque facade of the building was inspired by the entry to Spain's University of Salamanca. Depicted are Spanish Baroque masters Murillo, Ribera, Velázquez, Zurbarán and El Greco; replicas of Donatello's Saint George and Michelangelo's David; and heraldry of Spain, America, California and San Diego.Work by Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo; American artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe (White Trumpet Flower, 1932), Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, George Inness and Eastman Johnson; and French painters Monet, Degas, Magritte, Matisse and Pissarro is displayed on the first floor. Much of the European collection is on the second floor. A highlight is Luca Signorelli's Coronation of the Virgin (1508). This floor also hosts special exhibits of contemporary art, including works from the museum's growing collection.The Asian Collections include a sculpted pair of early-16C Shinto guardian deities, a suit of armor (1578) by Myochin Morisuke and two statues of the divinity Kwan Yin from the Sung Dynasty (AD 960-1279). Adjoining the main building, the sculpture court displays works by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and Joan Miró.
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- Mar.-Sun 10am-5pm, Thu 9pm, Sun in low season noon-9pm