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Archives and Collections
The Norton Simon Museum’s collection spans two thousand years of Western and Asian art. It contains European and American art from before the Renaissance through the twentieth century, including works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Goya, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Pablo Picasso, among many others. The extensive South Asian sculpture collection illustrates the splendid sculptural traditions of the Indian subcontinent, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. The Museum’s archives include the former Pasadena Art Museum's archives of correspondence, exhibition brochures and catalogues as well as the Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection Archives which contains collector and art dealer Emmy (Galka) Scheyer’s correspondence with the artists she represented (primarily Kandinsky, Klee, Lyonel Feininger, and Alexej von Jawlensky) as well as with a few other artists, dealers, collectors, and friends during the years 1921 to 1945. Because the Blue Four Archive material is available on microfiche in the Archives of American Art, the Norton Simon Museum limits use of its archives to scholars requiring access to the originals.