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Touring the Collection, Part 3

There are many fascinating connections between the works of art in Oudry's Painted Menagerie and works of art in the Getty Museum's permanent collection. In part one and part two of this post, I suggested self-guided tours of portraits and animal-themed decorative arts in the exhibition and the Getty Museum's collection. This third tour explores travel, trade, and exploration in 18th-century Europe...

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Touring the Collection, Part 2

In part one of this post, I suggested a self-guided tour of 18th-century portraiture in the Getty Museum's collection. Here is a second tour that takes you from the galleries of Oudry's Painted Menagerie to the decorative arts collection in the Getty Center's South Pavilion...

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Touring the Collection, Part 1

The Getty Museum's permanent collection reflects many of the themes in Oudry's Painted Menagerie. When you enter the exhibition, for example, you see François-Thomas Germain's Machine d'Argent (1754) from the Museum's collection. It is the first of many connections that the exhibition encourages you to make...

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Rhinos Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

In my work as the Indian rhinoceros keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, I have the privilege to work with our rhino, a 37-year-old female named Randa, every day. She has given me a love and appreciation of her magnificent species that I could have never imagined...

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Man's Best Friend? Dogs in Medieval Art

The original idea for my current exhibition Medieval Beasts came from a surprising source: my veterinarian. During the annual check-up for my two ungainly but lovable German Shorthaired Pointers, Greta and Ingrid, I showed him an image of hunting dogs chasing a plump rabbit...

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Audio: Tour the Exhibition with Gallery Teacher Bryan Keene

Take a tour of Oudry's Painted Menagerie with gallery teacher Bryan Keene in this audio captured in the exhibition galleries...

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Clara and the Ethics of a Human-Dominated Planet

As a conservationist focusing on preserving global biodiversity, I have for a long time weighed the question of right human relationship with other species. Jean-Baptiste Oudry's portrait of Clara the rhino provokes thoughts and questions in some surprising ways...

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Oudry's Landscapes

An important aspect of Jean-Baptiste Oudry's art that is present but not emphasized in Oudry's Painted Menagerie is the role of landscape in his compositions. As a painter of hunting subjects, Oudry had to portray not only animals, but also the forests and fields where the hunts took place...

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