Posts Tagged: Getty Museum

Getty Buys a Treasure of Pope and King

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The Getty Museum has paid the equivalent of $2.81 million for the so-called Borghese-Windsor Cabinet (c. 1620) at Sotheby’s Paris. Made for Pope Paul V, it was displayed in the Borghese Palace… More ›

Getty Seeks Brexit for a Parmigianino

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The Getty Museum has announced an agreement to buy Parmigianino’s Virgin with Child, St. John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene, contingent on a British export license. The luminous,… More ›

Bacon and Chocolate

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Francis Bacon was friends with Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG. The children’s book writer shared Bacon’s affection for booze, gambling, and the dark… More ›

Kathë and Friends

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The Getty Research Institute has acquired a 654-piece collection of German Expressionist prints and drawings, centering on Kathë Kollwitz. Assembled by Dr. Richard A. Simms and described as a… More ›

Fall Preview

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This election season, L.A. museums will vie with Presidential candidates for contrasting views of America, our globalizing world, and women. The highlights include a long-awaited John McLaughlin… More ›

Théodore Rousseau’s “Unruly Nature”

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Théodore Rousseau (1812-67) was an art market star in America’s Gilded Age. Many his greatest works are in U.S. museums, and Rousseau has never really fallen out of critical favor. It comes… More ›

Getty Adds Roman Portrait, Geometric Vase

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The Getty Museum has acquired two important antiquities: a Roman marble Head of a Veiled Woman (c. 175 AD) and a 27-inch-high Geometric vase attributed to the Philadelphia Painter (720-700 BC). The… More ›

A Parmigianino on View at Getty

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Tyler Green reports that a “superb” Parmigianino is on loan to the Getty. Madonna and Child with the Infant St. John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene is dated about 1535.

Sam Wagstaff in Black and White

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Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. is one of the most influential, yet most underappreciated, tastemakers of the 20th century. He probably did as much as anyone to establish photography as an indispensable… More ›

Roman Mosaics at the Getty Villa

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J. Paul Getty was antiquity’s most finicky fanboy. He loved Roman marbles, didn’t care for Greek vases. He liked mosaics. The first he bought, a Gallo-Roman Orpheus and Animals of the… More ›

Henri-Charles Guérard’s Hand Prints

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The most aggressively modern works in the Getty Museum’s “Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints” just might be those by an all-but-forgotten artist,… More ›

Quote of the Day: Cindy Sherman

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“I confess I was never a big fan of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, and I think it’s because I saw him as much more commercially oriented than I am. It was jealousy, too. Here he was,… More ›

How the Getty Got a Baroque “Olympia”

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In the catalog of the Metropolitan Museum’s 2002 Orazio/Artemisia Gentileschi show (now free to the Internet), Keith Christiansen likens the shock of Orazio’s early female nudes to that… More ›

A Notorious Romanino at the Getty

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A Renaissance painting that was the subject of a restitution battle is now on loan to the Getty Museum. Christ Carrying the Cross, a major work of Girolamo Romanino (c. 1542), had been stolen from… More ›

Concert of Shills

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In the Getty Iris, Robert Irwin talks about working with Richard Meier. “Richard Meier had his own ideas about what the garden should be. It took a year and a half of nightly meetings every… More ›

Whatever Happened to Charles Le Brun?

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Louis XIV rated Charles Le Brun “the greatest French artist of all time.” Not many agree with that assessment today. Nonetheless, Le Brun is undergoing a revival of sorts. The latest… More ›

Louvre Buys Left Panel of Getty Crucifixion

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Earlier this month at Sotheby’s London, the Louvre paid £965,000 ($1.44 million) for a Betrayal of Christ, the left wing of a French renaissance triptych by Dreux Bude Master (probably… More ›

A Picasso “Joker” at the Getty

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The Getty Museum is showing a rarely seen early Picasso, Bibi la Purée, on loan from a private collection. Jonathan Jones compared it to “an early design for The Joker.” Coulrophobics,… More ›

Pre-Raphaelites in Love

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The Getty’s current drawing show features this new acquisition, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Study of Fanny Cornforth Asleep on a Chaise-Longue (1862). Cornforth was Rossetti’s… More ›

Getty Adds a Gothic Alabaster

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The Getty Museum has acquired an alabaster Saint Philip (1420s) by the Master of the Rimini Altarpiece. It becomes just the third medieval sculpture in the collection and is already on view in… More ›

Fall Preview 2015

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The Broad’s Sep. 20 opening (ticketing starts today) will command local and global arts coverage attention this fall. But there will a lot more happening. Start across Grand Avenue. Beginning… More ›