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Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Drawings
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Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Drawings

Museum Staff

J. Paul Getty Museum
128 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
101 color illustrations
ISBN 978-0-89236-437-4
hardcover, Out of Print  ISBN 978-0-89236-438-1
paper, Out of Print  1997

"A commendable accomplishment."


The collection of European drawings in the J. Paul Getty Museum, built up over a decade and a half, has increased steadily in both breath and depth. While the holdings of drawings from the Italian Renaissance are particularly strong—including, for instance, a double-sided sheet by Leonardo da Vinci—other schools, the French, in particular, are also well represented. The collection's emphasis is on major draftsmen, such as David, Dürer, Gainsborough, Goya, Ingres, Piranesi, Poussin, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, and Watteau, while the occasional acquisition of groups of drawings has added strength in certain areas, such as the German and Swiss Renaissance.

Included are many objects that have never before been reproduced, as well as all of the Museum's spectacular new acquisitions—among them Michelangelo's sublime drawing The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist.

Organized by national school, with artists represented chronologically within each, this volume focuses on the most important drawings in the collection, which admirably illustrate the development of European drawings from the Renaissance onward.

This title is out of print. Please look for it at your local libraries and/or used bookstores.