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Getty Museum Appoints Scott Schaefer as Curator of Paintings

December 10, 1998

Los Angeles, CA--The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the appointment of Scott J. Schaefer as Curator of Paintings, effective in early 1999. Schaefer, who has broad experience in paintings and drawings, is currently Senior Vice President, working in Old Master Paintings and Drawings, at Sotheby's, Inc., New York. He succeeds David Jaffe, who resigned in September to become Senior Curator at the National Gallery in London.

"We couldn't be more pleased that Scott is coming to the Getty," said Deborah Gribbon, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, the J. Paul Getty Museum. "It was a natural choice: his experience in the market, his work in museums, and his knowledge of Los Angeles made him the ideal candidate."

Dr. Schaefer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in 1970, then studied at the Warburg Institute in London for a year. He received his Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr in 1976, with a dissertation on The Studiolo of Francesco I de' Medici in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Schaefer has worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fogg Art Museum. He was Assistant Curator in the Department of European Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1980 to 1987. While in Los Angeles, Schaefer co-organized two major exhibitions, A Day in the Country (1984) and Guido Reni (1988).

John Walsh, Director of the Museum, commented, "I've known Scott since we worked together at the MFA in Boston. He has a terrific eye and he'll build the collection and do exhibitions as knowledgeably as any one could."

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