Dynamic, Squalid, Splendid: Themes of the City

Dynamic, Squalid, Splendid: Themes of the City, is drawn exclusively from the Museum's collection of prints and drawings. The exhibition contains approximately forty works and aims to fulfill two purposes: first, to further acquaint our visitors with the collection of works on paper, including those of lesser-known artists; second, to provide food for thought at a time when the dynamic life of cities unexpectedly ground to a halt, and when their future seems often unclear. Themes to be discussed include the beauty and splendor of buildings; civic pride; leisure and pastimes; urban spaces; wealth and poverty; social class; spectacular sights; human interaction; monuments; demolition and construction.

Ancient Circus of Mars with neighboring monuments viewed from the Via Appiam (Cum Monum. Adiacentia Prospectus ad Viam Appia), 1756

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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If you are unable to visit us in person, please visit The Norton Channel for a wide range of virtual resources, activities, and programs that you can enjoy from home.

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