The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

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One of the most expressive and engaging subjects in art, horses have inspired painters to undertake an array of pictorial challenges, from the embodiment of intense emotion, to persuasive movement, to remarkable technical mastery in oil, and even profound and intimate truths. Anne Woollett, curator, Department of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, examines horses as subjects in paintings. She considers some of the many ways in which artists were engaged by the eloquent form of the horse. Beginning with the Master of the St. Bartholomew Altarpiece, The Adoration of the Magi (about 1490–1510) and Hans Holbein's Allegory of Passion (1532–36), Woollett discusses the horse as a vehicle for emotion.

Woollett examines Jan Brueghel the Elder's and Peter Paul Rubens's expressive approaches to rendering the heroic horse in the early 17th century and the ways in which "prized" equines are portrayed by Paulus Potter in The "Piebald" Horse (about 1650–54) and the extraordinary conversation piece by George Stubbs, Brood Mares and Foals (1767). By delving into specific and meaningful examples of the horse in art, Woollett seeks to consider the personal stimulus artists have often received from their equine subjects, leading to remarkable paintings that are among the most popular works in the Getty Museum.

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