July 15, 2011

New Book Explores the Creation of an Art Collections Catalogue in the Eighteenth Century


Melissa Crowley
Getty Publications
(310) 440-6795

LOS ANGELES—Richly illustrated, Display and Art History: The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue (Getty Publications, $20.00, paperback) examines the making of one of the earliest modern catalogues—La galerie électorale de Dusseldorff.  Published in 1778, the revolutionary two-volume publication showcases one of the most important European painting collections of the eighteenth century, reflecting a pivotal moment in the history of art as well as the history of the art museum.  In two essays, the authors analyze the process by which the catalogue was produced and shed light on the historical and cultural context that gave rise to an innovative and didactic way of displaying paintings—and, by extension, to art history as a discipline. 

The volume accompanies an exhibition of the same name to be held at the Getty Research Institute from May 31 to August 21, 2011.

About the Authors: Thomas W. Gaehtgens is director of the Getty Research Institute and former director of the German Center for the History of Art in Paris, and organization he founded in 1997.  Louis Marchesano is curator of prints and drawings at the Getty Research Institute.

Publication Information:

Display and Art History
The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue
Thomas W. Gaehtgens and Louis Marchesano
Getty Research Institute
104 pages, 8 x 10 ½ inches, paperback
76 color illustrations, 2 foldouts
ISBN 978-1-60606-092-6, $20.00 [UK £13.00]

Publication Date:  September 6, 2011


Kindly send two tearsheets of your review when published to Melissa Crowley, Getty Publications, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA  90049-1682.

Available at bookstores or through Getty Publications (800-223-3431). Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press, in the U.K. and Europe by Orca Book Services, and in Canada by the Jaguar Book Group.



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