Paintings

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

The Paintings collection encompasses over 400 notable European paintings produced before 1900. While its parameters reflect J. Paul Getty’s own interests, in the decades following his death in 1976 the collection expanded considerably beyond his predilection for Italian Renaissance and seventeenth–century Dutch and Flemish painting to include major examples of early Italian and Netherlandish painting, eighteenth– and nineteenth–century French painting, and the Spanish and German schools. Among the best–known works are Pontormo’s Portrait of a Halberdier, Orazio Gentileschi’s Danaë, Rembrandt’s An Old Man in Military Costume, Turner’s Modern Rome, Manet’s Jeanne (Spring), and Van Gogh’s Irises. Early paintings by Rembrandt (1628–34), as well as works by Rubens, Jacques‑Louis David, Monet, and Degas comprise areas of depth. The Department of Paintings continues to expand its holdings through selective acquisitions and gifts.

The collection is displayed in the skylit second–floor galleries of the Getty Museum and in conjunction with sculpture and decorative art on the plaza level.

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CONTACT INFO

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NEWS & STORIES

Several canoes with 3 to 4 people standing in each wearing renaissance clothing and hunting fish with bow and arrows.

The Black Gondoliers of Renaissance Venice

Renaissance paintings reveal an aspect of the life of Black Africans in Venice.

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SCHOLARLY ESSAYS

Painting detail of a cobbled street with men and women in headwraps sitting and standing around stone buildings with many tall tree trunks in back

Explore in-depth scholarly essays on select paintings from our collection.

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Celebrate artistic independence and creativity by exploring James Ensor's ambitious masterpiece Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889.

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CURRENTFUTURE EXHIBITIONS

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GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE

Painting of a crowded parade with a marching band an colorful crowd, and a small Jesus on a donkey in the back

Taking a Stroll in Renoir's The Promenade
The Promenade (“the stroll” in French) is one of the most engaging and approachable of all Impressionist paintings. Step into Pierre-Auguste Renoir's enticing depiction of a youthful couple on a romantic promenade.

Searching for Light in Color: Segantini's Spring in the Alps
Explore Giovanni Segantini’s exceptional technique and painting practice through this dazzling panorama.

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor
In the 1880s, the young James Ensor was an ambitious renegade. Dive into his subversive and eccentric world with an in-depth look at his painting Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 via Google Arts & Culture.

Édouard Manet's Jeanne
Who was the chic yet mysterious Jeanne depicted in Manet's painting? Discover more about the sitter and the painter's approach to embodying springtime in this Google Arts & Culture virtual exhibit.

Rembrandt in Southern California
This is a virtual exhibition of 14 paintings by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669) that are on view in five Southern California museums.

CURATORIAL STAFF

Davide Gasparotto

Senior Curator / Department Head

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Scott Allan

Curator

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Anne Woollett

Curator

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Davide Gasparotto

Senior Curator / Department Head

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Scott Allan

Curator

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Anne Woollett

Curator

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