A Closer Look

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1862-1923), Beaching the Boat (Afternoon Light), 1903

Closer Look is open to everyone curious about art! Learning and Community Engagement staff invites participants to look closely at a single artwork in the Norton’s Collection. We discuss the artwork, its potential meanings, and participants’ viewpoints.

Beaching the Boat (Afternoon Light), by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida is on loan from the Hispanic Society of America for two years. Hailed as a “master of light” by Claude Monet, Sorolla was admired in Spain as the nation’s last great traditional painter. Join Kate Faulkner, Director of Public Programs to explore this monumental beach scene which is presented in dialogue with two works by the artist from the Norton’s collection, Child on a Beach and Portrait of Enrique Recio y Gil.  

Capacity is limited to 15 people. 
A Closer Look is free with general admission. 

Support for this program was provided by the Maurer Family Fund for Arts Education.

The Norton Museum of Art COVID-19 Policies


The health and safety of our guests is a top priority for the Norton Museum. Beginning October 1, 2021, guests (ages 12+) visiting the Norton Museum of Art will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 professionally administered PCR test taken within 72 hours; or a negative COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test conducted within 24 hours; OR voluntarily show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (together with a valid photo ID for ages 18+). 
"At-home” COVID-19 tests are not accepted. Professionally administered tests only.

Masks are required at all times regardless of negative tests or vaccination status,
except when visiting the Museum Garden or while actively eating or drinking in The Restaurant or Great Hall

This policy is based on guidance and recommendations issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other authoritative or controlling government-issued health standards.

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