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  Timothy Potts Timothy Potts, Director,
the J. Paul Getty Museum

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

From awards to attendance to praise from the critics, Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, shares highlights from the last year and a peek at upcoming exhibitions, including landmark surveys of Robert Mapplethorpe, Théodore Rousseau, and painters of the School of London, such as Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and R.B. Kitaj.

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  New Painting Acquisition Danaë (detail), ca. 1621, Orazio Gentileschi.

Gentileschi Acquisition

A stunning painting by famed Italian artist Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) will join the Museum's collection in March. Danaë, painted around 1621, was part of a commission of three paintings and will rejoin another member of its triad, Lot and His Daughters, at the Getty. The three Baroque paintings depict different scenes of women experiencing divine encounters drawn from Hebrew, Christian, and Greek theologies. In Danaë, we see the moment Zeus descends as a shower of gold to impregnate the cloistered princess Danaë, who subsequently gave birth to Perseus.

Watch director Pamela Romanowsky's short film inspired by Gentileschi's Danaë »

  Getty Salad Garden

Getty Salad Garden

Presented by the Department of Education and artist and writer Julia Sherman, creator of the blog Salad for President, the Getty Salad Garden served as an open platform for a variety of activities exploring the intersection of making food and making art. These ranged from a series of recipe-driven conversations with contemporary artists like Robert Irwin, Julian Hoeber, Samara Golden and more, to workshops with area elementary school students, and a public screening and talk with Ed Ruscha and Larry Bell. Peruse alluring photos and interviews with artists and curators, learn why artist Michael Parker thinks ugly fruit tastes best, meet the self-proclaimed "gangsta gardener," and find intriguing salad recipes.

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  Girl with Doves Marble grave stele of a little girl (detail), Greek, about 450-440 B.C. Marble. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fletcher Fund, 1927 (27.45). Image

New to the Villa: Girl with Doves

Marble grave stele of a little girl, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is now on view at the Getty Villa. This Greek marble statue, ca. 450-440 B.C., is a marvel of lifelike carving, depicting a child tenderly communing with doves. British artist Adam Fuss discusses why he is drawn to this sculpture.

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Edmund de Waal

Acclaimed British artist and author Edmund de Waal delivered a lively lecture at the Getty Center last month. His talk—on his passion for porcelain that took him around the world, the meaning of the color white, the role of blankness in art history, and his most recent work and its relationship to Los Angeles—is now online.

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The Versatility of Charcoal

Artists have drawn with charcoal (charred sticks of wood) for centuries. To complement the upcoming exhibition Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints at the Getty Center, artist Timothy Mayhew demonstrates how artists used the expressive and unstable medium, including the surprising application of a tiny piece of bread.

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Getty 360 Calendar

Want to plan ahead for exhibitions, events, and courses at the Getty Center and Getty Villa?

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