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Claire Lyons, Acting Senior Curator
Claire Lyons, a classical archaeologist whose fieldwork and research have centered on pre-Roman Italy and Sicily, publishes on Greek vase-painting, colonialism in the ancient world, gender and identity, the Classical tradition, and contemporary cultural patrimony policy.
Jens Daehner, Associate Curator
Jens Daehner is a specialist on ancient sculpture and iconography, from the Greek Archaic through the Roman Imperial periods. In addition to a dissertation on nudity in Classical Greek sculpture, he publishes on the history of archaeology and collecting, Roman portraiture, and the transformation of antiquity in modern art of the 20th century.
Mary Louise Hart, Associate Curator
Dr. Mary Louise Hart is an art historian whose publications have centered on the material culture and contemporary performance of Greek and Roman drama as well as Greek vase-painting and iconography. Current research fields include painting in the ancient Mediterranean, especially Romano-Egyptian panel painting, and the history of ancient textiles.
Kenneth Lapatin, Associate Curator
Kenneth Lapatin is a classical archaeologist specializing in the art and culture of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Aegean Bronze Age. He has published on Greek sculpture, gems and other luxury arts, Pompeii and Roman villas (including the history of the Getty Villa), artists' practices, the post-antique reception of classical art, forgery, and repatriation.
David Saunders, Assistant Curator
Dr. David Saunders specializes in the study of Greek vase-painting and iconography. He also works on ancient bronze sculpture and the history of restorations.
Alexandra Sofroniew, Assistant Curator
Dr. Alexandra Sofroniew specializes in the history and material culture of pre-Roman Italy and Sicily, in particular the Samnites and exchange with Greek colonies, with a focus on terracottas and other votive and domestic objects.
Jerry Podany, Senior Conservator
Jerry Podany has conserved a wide range of ancient objects including bronzes, monumental stone sculpture, ceramics and artifacts made from organic materials. He has researched and published in the areas of ancient technology, the application of modern technologies to conservation, the history and philosophy of restoration, sustainability within the museum world, and seismic damage mitigation for museum collections. He is presently working on methods to better protect the Mozia charioteer, a Greek masterpiece carved in marble that will be lent to the Getty Villa in 2012. Jerry is a former President of the American Institute for Conservation and now serves as the President of the International Institute for Conservation.
Jeffrey Maish, Associate Conservator
Jeff Maish is involved in the study of Attic red-figure relief line and black gloss in cooperation with the Getty Conservation Institute. His conservation work on bronzes includes technological studies with a focus on radiographic interpretation.
Marie Svoboda, Associate Conservator
Marie Svoboda has been involved in the investigation of the Getty Villa’s Romano-Egyptian red-shroud mummy and a collaborative project with the Antikensammlung Museum in Berlin on the examination and treatment of four remarkableApulian vases.
Susan Lansing Maish, Assistant Conservator
Susan Lansing Maish has treated a variety of mostly inorganic material types including ceramics, marble sculpture, wall paintings and metals such as silver and bronze. She is currently working on the Berthouville treasure, a loan of extraordinary Roman silver vessels.
Erik Risser, Assistant Conservator
Erik Risser has been involved with the study and treatment of the museum’s permanent collection of ancient classical art, including ceramics, glass, metals and works in stone, as well as undertaken many collaborative conservation projects on large scale stone sculpture with the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, the Dresden State Art Collections and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Erik is currently working on research associated with the analysis and conservation of the Apollo Saettante from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples
Lee Hendrix, Senior Curator and Department Head
Lee Hendrix specializes in Dutch and Northern European graphic art from 1450-1700.
Julian Brooks, Associate Curator
Julian Brooks’ research specialization is late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Florentine and Roman.
Stephanie Schrader, Associate Curator
Stephanie Schrader specializes in Dutch and Flemish drawings and prints from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Edouard Kopp, Assistant Curator
Edouard Kopp’s research interests include early modern French art—particularly drawings and prints—and issues such as the relationship between drawing and sculpture, and the history of collecting.
Nancy Yocco, Conservator
Nancy Yocco is a specialist in the conservation of old master drawings. Nancy’s area of expertise is in 17th - 19th century pastels.
Elizabeth Morrison, Senior Curator
Dr. Elizabeth Morrison specializes in the study of French Gothic manuscript illumination, particularly vernacular manuscripts with secular themes. In addition, she has published on Flemish Renaissance devotional manuscripts, including studies on the work of the Master of the David Scenes.
Kristen Collins, Associate Curator
Kristen M. Collins is a specialist in Early Medieval and Romanesque manuscript illumination, with research interests in Byzantine and Ethiopian illumination and icon painting.
Christine Sciacca, Assistant Curator
Dr. Christine Sciacca is a specialist in Italian, German, and Ethiopian manuscript illumination, with a focus on liturgy, devotional practice, and patronage.
Nancy Turner, Conservator
Nancy Turner’s areas of specialization include the conservation treatment of parchment and illuminations, the history of medieval bindings and book structures, the history and trade of medieval pigments, and painting techniques used in manuscript illumination. She has most recently lectured and published on the painting techniques of Flemish and French illuminators of the 15th and 16th centuries, the scientific analysis of the Getty’s early 17th century Peruvian manuscript, and the conservation treatment of single leaves and cuttings.
Scott Schaefer, Senior Curator
Scott Schaefer has lectured and published on Western European painting, sculpture and drawing from the Renaissance to the modern era.
Anne Woollett, Curator
Anne Woollett specializes in Northern (Flemish, Dutch and German) painting before 1800.
Scott Allan, Assistant Curator
Scott Allan specializes in European, and particularly French, painting after 1800.
Peter Björn Kerber, Assistant Curator
Peter Björn Kerber specializes in Italian, French, Spanish, and British painting before 1800.
Yvonne Szafran, Conservator
Yvonne Szafran’s areas of research have included Carpaccio, Holbein, Roger van der Weyden and Cranach, with a particular interest in infrared reflectography and technical imaging.
Sue Ann Chui, Associate Conservator
Sue Ann Chui is a specialist in the structural conservation of panel paintings and is active in the Panel Paintings Initiative (PPI), a multi-year collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Sue Ann’s areas of interest include early Italian painting, gilding and x-radiography. Her current research is focused on the painting technique of Leonardo da Vinci and his pupils.
Laura Rivers, Associate Conservator
Laura Rivers specializes in the study and conservation of paintings from a broad range of periods. She has particular expertise in the technical imaging of paintings, including x-radiography and infrared reflectography, and in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings.
Gene Karraker, Associate Conservator of Frames
Gene Karraker is the author of “Looking at European Frames: A Guide to Terms , Styles, and Techniques.” Mr. Karraker is responsible for the conservation and care of the frames of the painting collection and works closely with the framing needs for the Museum’s Department of Drawings.
Judith Keller, Senior Curator
Judith Keller specializes in 20th century American photography, with an interest in East Asian photography.
Virginia Heckert, Curator
Virginia Heckert’s area of expertise is German photography between the two World Wars, late 20th century American photography, and contemporary photography.
Paul Martineau, Associate Curator
Paul Martineau’s specialization is late 19th and 20th century American photography.
Karen Hellman, Assistant Curator
Karen Hellman’s area of expertise is 19th century American and European photography.
Arpad Kovacs, Assistant Curator
Arpad Kovacs specializes is 20th century American and contemporary photography.
Amanda Maddox, Assistant Curator
Amanda Maddox’s area of specialization is 20th century American and European photography.
Marc Harnly, Senior Conservator
Marc Harnly is a specialist in the conservation and preservation of photographs from all periods. Areas of research have included artist techniques, mounting and display of contemporary work, and long-term storage of color material.
Sarah Freeman, Assistant Conservator of Photographs
Sarah Freeman specializes in the preservation and display of photographic materials.
Ernest Mack, Assistant Conservator
Ernest Mack specializes in the conservation, preservation and display of photographic materials.
SCULPTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS
Charissa Bremer-David, Curator
Charissa Bremer-David has written extensively on the Getty Museum’s collection of French decorative arts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a specialization in tapestries and textiles. Her recent research has focused on Parisian luxury trades of the period and, in addition, on the twentieth century art market for these objects.
Anne-Lise Desmas, Associate Curator
Anne-Lise Desmas’ main research specialization is Early Modern sculpture in Europe with a particular focus on France and Italy. Her areas of expertise include also the history of collecting in Rome in the 17th and 18th centuries, the history of the French Academy in Rome, and the treatises on sculpture techniques in 18th-century France.
Jeffrey Weaver, Associate Curator
Jeffrey Weaver specializes in European ceramics and glass of the Early Modern Period.
Brian Considine, Senior Conservator
Brian Considine specializes in the conservation of three-dimensional objects from the Middle Ages to the present and the techniques used to produce them including: furniture, sculpture, textiles, glass, metals, stone, and paneled rooms, with a particular emphasis on French material culture of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. His areas of expertise include seismic protection and installation of works of art in museums and homes, the design and control of museum environments, preventive conservation, and art handling and packing.
Jane Bassett, Conservator
Jane Bassett has concentrated on the care and study of the sculpture, tapestry, and stained glass collections. Her current research interests include polychrome sculpture of Spain and Germany as well as 18th and 19th century French bronze casting techniques and materials.
Arlen Heginbotham, Associate Conservator
Arlen Heginbotham is a specialist in the conservation of wooden artifacts, focusing on the Getty’s collections of French furniture. His research interests include the technical study of Asian lacquer. Arlen has also worked extensively on developing and refining the use of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy as a tool for authenticating and interpreting gilded bronzes and bronze sculpture. Other research interests include microscopic wood identification, dendrochronology, immunochemical analysis, the history of wood dyes, and the history of metallurgy.
Julie Wolfe, Associate Conservator
Julie Wolfe has worked on the technical examination of the Getty Museum’s collection of French decorative arts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her some of her conservation research includes the study of fill materials for marble sculptures, the electrochemical cleaning of gilt silver objects, and maintenance and treatment of outdoor sculpture, in particular outdoor painted metals.