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December 11, 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum Presents Artful Words: Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts

The written word was an art form in the premodern world. Calligraphers filled the pages of manuscripts with scrolling vines and delicate pen flourishes, and illuminators depicted captivating narratives within large letterforms. These decorative embellishments reveal the monetary, cultural, and spiritual value placed on handmade books at the time. The alphabetic adornments in this exhibition enliven the content of a range of manuscripts—including sacred scripture, romance literature, and history—produced from England to Ethiopia over nearly one thousand years. Curated by Bryan C. Keene and Katherine Sedovic.

December 06, 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum Presents Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed

Comprising spectacular drawings from the Getty collection and rarely-seen works from private collections, this exhibition reveals the detective work involved in investigating master drawings. Many Italian Renaissance drawings tell stories of their creation and the purposes they served, yet sometimes even the most seemingly simple question – who drew it? – is a mystery. Discover what we know and don’t know, what we’d like to know, and what we may never discover about these intriguing works of art and their world. Curated by Julian Brooks and Jamie Kwan.

November 19, 2018

Getty Research Institute Presents MONUMENTality

Monumentality evokes an aura of greatness, a sense of power and gravity that demands public recognition. As markers of history and repositories of collective memory, monuments can project multiple and sometimes contradictory meanings. Monuments might outlast their original purpose, meet their demise through violent conflict or artistic intervention, or simply become forgotten in the fabric of everyday life. This exhibition investigates various paradigms of monumentality, prompting viewers to consider why certain monuments endure and others fall.

September 18, 2018

First Major International Overview of the Work of Photographer Sally Mann Travels to Getty Museum

The first major international exhibition of the work of American born photographer, Sally Mann. The exhibition explores themes of family, memory, mortality, and the Southern landscape as repository of personal and collective memory. Experimental, melancholic, and hauntingly beautiful Mann’s photographs - many not exhibited before - expose how her relationship with the land has shaped her work and how the legacy of the South continues to permeate American identity. Curated by Mazie M. Harris.

 

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. 

August 27, 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum Presents All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court

Images of courtiers feasting at lavish tables and knights in gleaming armor are emblematic of the Renaissance courts of Europe. However, life at court was governed by many codes of conduct. The monarch affirmed his political authority through pageantry, and even leisure activities such as hunting and jousting, were subject to strict social hierarchies. This exhibition explores how the luxury arts, from illuminated manuscripts to textiles, helped construct the identities of the court elite.

August 06, 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum Presents Art of Three Faiths: Torah, Bible, Qur'an

Practitioners of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have been called people of the book for their shared belief in the importance of divine word. A recent acquisition of a remarkable medieval Torah allows the Getty for the firs time to represent the three faiths through their sacred books. The display showcases the manuscripts, each rendered in glowing gold and luminous colors on parchment: a ninth-century North African Qur'an, a fifteenth-century Christian Bible, and a rare thirteenth-century Torah from Northern Europe. 

April 25, 2018

Getty Museum Presents Major Survey of 100 Years of Fashion Photography

This exhibition surveys the rich and varied history of modern fashion photography, exploring the ways in which photographers whose careers have been closely associated with the industry have shaped evolving notions of style and beauty. Drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection and supplemented by loans from private and public sources, Icons of Style features more than one hundred-sixty photographs presented alongside a selection of costumes, illustrations, magazine covers, videos, and advertisements.

 

March 01, 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum Presents Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India

One of the most intriguing series in Rembrandt's oeuvre comprises his drawings made in the style of artists serving the Mughal court in India. Juxtaposing Rembrandt's depictions of Mughal rulers and courtiers with Indian paintings and drawings of similar compositions, this exhibition reveals how contact with Mughal art inspired Rembrandt to draw in an entirely different, refined style prompted by his curiosity for a foreign culture.

February 08, 2018

Getty Museum Presents A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer

A Queen's Treasure brings to the Getty precious examples of Japanese lacquer from the personal collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette (1755–1793). Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest assembled in Europe, and she considered them to be among her most cherished possessions. The elaborate and costly works reveal a fascinating example of the queen's sophisticated taste and demonstrate the consistent level of achievement attained by Japanese lacquer artists during the mid-Edo period (about 1681–1764) when these pieces were created.

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