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With the Elegance of Courtiers: Oudry's Graceful Animals
For me, one of the most revealing aspects of this fascinating exhibition were the many "Claras" in porcelain and other precious materials that brought up the last segment of the great animal parade. Witty and endlessly inventive, they called ...
Aug 28, 2007
Painting Oudry
I have been studying Oudry's painting and drawing methods both for my own research as a painter and as part of the Artist-At-Work Demonstration series that I have had the opportunity to present at the Getty Museum this summer. One drawing in particular...
Aug 23, 2007
A Sensational and Sentimental Rhino, Part 2
In part one of this post I talked about animals as exotic spectacle and the ethics of display. But what did 18th-century audiences think about the sentimental life of these animals being offered for their entertainment?
Aug 14, 2007
A Sensational and Sentimental Rhino, Part 1
In the 1740s Clara the rhinoceros sailed from India into the Age of Reason. She arrived in a political world that would soon declare that "all men are created equal" without abolishing slavery or stepping back from the colonizing of Asia, Afr...
Aug 9, 2007
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-theme...
Jul 30, 2007
Video: Peter Singer's Lecture on Animals in Art
Watch Peter Singer's lecture on "Looking at Animals."
Jul 20, 2007
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 ...
Jul 12, 2007
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...
Jul 10, 2007
Eye of the Beholder
The current issue of Zoo View, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens' membership magazine, includes an article by Paul Gachot about the history of animals in art. After I read this article, I found myself thinking again about Oudry's animal portrai...
Jun 18, 2007
Audio: Elizabeth Morrison's Lecture on Fantastic Beasts
Audio is now available of a recent lecture by Elizabeth Morrison, curator of the exhibition Medieval Beasts, on the fantastic beasts found in manuscripts. In Europe of the Middle Ages, most people never ventured further than the countryside around thei...
Jun 7, 2007
Oudry—Animal Portraitist
It has been fascinating to see how people respond to the animal "portraits"...
May 30, 2007
Forum: Do You Agree with Peter Singer?
Ethicist and animal rights advocate Peter Singer lectured last night at the Getty Center to a packed house. A summary of his thoughts is below; video of the lecture is posted here. Do you agree or disagree with Singer? Add your comment to weigh in...
May 25, 2007
Connecting to Ourselves Through Animals
I am continually amazed at the diversity of perspectives that people bring to the Los Angeles Zoo, where I work. On some occasions I overhear parents and teachers patiently explaining basics of evolution and natural selection to children, and on others...
May 17, 2007
Art and Science in Oudry's Animal Portraits
I keep going back to animals. They're a subject with great potential. Our interactions with them include fear, awe, respect, reverence, food (which can go both ways), transportation, companionship, pest, guide, and subject. Often, I'm just thrilled by ...
May 1, 2007