The Norton Simon Foundation
Eleanor Congdon is an educator at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, and creates specialty tours for museum guests. Recently she conducted a one-time food painting tour titled "Dinner at the Norton Simon: Food in Paintings." What follows is a photo gallery look at a few of the highlights of the tour, including Congdon's narration. We start with this luscious fruit still-life painted by Louise Moillon. Moillon pioneered still-life painting in France in the early 17th century, at a time when women couldn't go to art school. The fruit is very tempting, including the small sprig of gooseberries at the edge of the table, but the most amazing part of this painting is the incredibly translucent drops of water beside the gooseberries.