November 21, 2019

Getty Museum Presents Museum Acquisitions 2019: Director’s Choice

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December 10, 2019–March 1, 2020

LEFT: Virgin and Child with Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist, about 1540 – 154. Agnolo Bronzino (Italian, 1503 - 1572) Oil on panel. Unframed (panel): 102.7 × 83.4 cm (40 7/16 × 32 13/16 in.) Unframed (panel with batten additions): 104.1 × 85.7 cm (41 × 33 ¾ in.) Framed: 148 × 128.9 × 11.4 cm (58 1/4 × 50 3/4 × 4 1/2 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 2019.116. CENTER: The Nagashi, 1933. F. Y. Sato (Japanese / American, active late 1920s to mid-1930s) Gelatin silver print. Image: 33.4 × 26.2 cm (13 1/8 × 10 5/16 in.) Mount: 46 × 35.6 cm (18 1/8 × 14 in.) © Estate of F. Y. Sato. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 2019.88.1. RIGHT: Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25, 1912. Vilhelm Hammershøi (Danish, 1864 - 1916). Oil on canvas. Unframed: 78.7 × 70.5 cm (31 × 27 3/4 in.) Framed: 90.5 × 82.6 × 7 cm (35 5/8 × 32 1/2 × 2 3/4 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 2018.59

LOS ANGELES – The Getty Museum announced today Museum Acquisitions 2019: Director’s Choice, the first of a new annual exhibition series that will spotlight some of the most important works of art added to the collection over the course of the year, selected by Getty Museum director Timothy Potts.

The exhibition includes the Museum’s most recently acquired painting, a rare and recently discovered masterpiece by Renaissance master Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572), Virgin and Child with Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist; an important collection of ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan gems; medieval manuscripts; old master French and Dutch drawings; early 20th-century photographs by Japanese-American artists, and other works. All objects were added to the Museum’s collection in 2019.

“The Getty Museum is renowned for its ambitious collecting, and this year was particularly successful for us, with many major acquisitions being made across all of our collecting areas,” says 

Potts. “This annual display will make it easier for visitors to appreciate both the quality of works that we are able to acquire and the broad range of periods and cultures that we cover from antiquity to the present day. It also serves to highlight the critical fact that the finest collections are dynamic entities that continue to evolve and expand, allowing ever wider engagement and dialogue with our audiences.”

Museum Acquisitions 2019: Director’s Choice will be on view at the Getty Center Museum from December 10, 2019 through March 1, 2020. It will feature over 30 objects acquired in 2019 across all of the Museum’s collecting areas. Also on view in a nearby gallery will be the recently-acquired The Annunciation (about 1333-34), a masterpiece of Late Gothic sculpture by Giovanni di Balduccio (about 1290-1339).



The J. Paul Getty Museum collects Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts to 1900, as well as photographs from around the world to the present day. The Museum’s mission is to display and interpret its collections, and present important loan exhibitions and publications for the enjoyment and education of visitors locally and internationally. This is supported by an active program of research, conservation, and public programs that seek to deepen our knowledge of and connection to works of art.


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