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See William Friedkin's New Documentary This Friday
It took years for paintings conservators at the Getty Museum to restore Jean-Baptiste Oudry's Rhinoceros and Lion to their original glory. Filmmaker William Friedkin (The French Connection, the Exorcist, Bug) was there every step of the way to capture ...
Aug 1, 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
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 surpr...
Jul 6, 2007
Clara the Rhinoceros, Before and After
At the end of the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie, you'll find an illustrated time line of the five-year painting conservation project that brought Clara the rhino back to life, restoring the tattered, faded canvas as nearly as possible to its pri...
Jun 4, 2007
Oudry—Animal Portraitist
It has been fascinating to see how people respond to the animal "portraits"...
May 30, 2007
Making Oudry's Lion Whole Again
When I stand back and look at the completed restoration of a painting that I worked on, I feel a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Our work as conservators should be invisible and appear effortless, so in the end it's hard to believe that...
May 24, 2007
Rhino Orthotics: Scenes from the Conservation Studios
On Friday the 13th of April, I finished the workday with cheeks sore from smiling so much. We had just uncrated one of the star loans to the Getty Center exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie. As layers of foam pads were cautiously removed from the inte...
May 1, 2007