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Head of Saint Joseph (detail), about 1586, Federico Barocci. Oil. The J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Two Studies of Dancers (detail), about 1873, Edgar Degas. Black chalk heightened with white chalk. The J. Paul Getty Museum.

From Michelangelo to Degas

In one of the most significant windfalls to the Museum's collection, a group of 16 drawings (and one painting) were recently acquired, including works by Michelangelo, Goya, Rubens, Degas, and Cuyp, spanning the Renaissance to the late 19th century. "This powerful group of works," notes drawings curator Julian Brooks, "represent the finest aspects of Western art history captured on paper." The new works are on view now at the Getty Center through April 22.

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President Lincoln, United States Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, near Antietam (detail), October 4, 1862, Alexander Gardner. Albumen silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Upcoming Live Broadcast

Join Mazie Harris, curator of the upcoming exhibition Paper Promises: Early American Photography for a live-broadcast discussion of works in the show. In commemoration of President Lincoln's birthday, February 12, Mazie surveys photography from the American Civil War, including rare original portraits of Abraham Lincoln. She will return on Wednesday, March 21 to broadcast a behind-the-scenes tour of 19th-century American photographs that are too light-sensitive to be displayed. Paper Promises: Early American Photography traces the evolution and use of photography during a critical period of the nation's political tension and territorial expansion in American history. On view at the Getty Center from February 27 through May 27.

Broadcast 1: Monday, February 12, 1:00 p.m. PST

Broadcast 2: Wednesday, March 21, 12:00 p.m. PST

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Shah Jahan and Dara Shikoh (detail), about 1656 - 1661, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Brown ink and gray wash with scratchwork. The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Rembrandt and India

Among Rembrandt's prolific body of work is a series of twenty-five drawings inspired by paintings created by Mughal artists in India. How did Rembrandt come across Mughal images? Why did he make these drawings? These questions are at the heart of an upcoming exhibition organized by drawings curator Stephanie Schrader. In this episode, Schrader discusses Rembrandt's series and what inspired him to draw in a style different from his own. Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India opens at the Getty Center on March 13, 2018.

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Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer

Dutch botanical illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian became obsessed with the study of nature at the age of 13, in 1660. A new biography, for readers 10 years and up, tells the story of this extraordinary explorer, who sailed with her daughter to document the insects of tropical South America. Lavishly illustrated, with a glossary of scientific terms, the book is co-authored by Sarah B. Pomerey, an expert in women's history and classical studies, and Jeyaraney Kathirithamby, an entomologist.

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Museum Match

On February 14th, the Getty Museum will join regional museums for #MuseumMatch, a collaborative matchmaking love fest on social media. This Valentine's Day-themed event on Twitter encourages museums to become matchmakers for the day, matching their collections with partner institutions. Follow the hashtag #MuseumMatch to join the fun.

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  Woman's Reticule, from the collection of LACMA. Gift of Mrs. L. O. Teach (53.84.3)

Local Museums Sharing Resources

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Autry Museum of the American West have entered into an unusual long-term partnership to share their collections and curatorial resources, and to create joint programming. The move enriches each institution's access to the arts of Native Americans, as well as of other indigenous cultures of the ancient Americas and beyond.

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