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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Research Institute Lecture Hall, The Getty Center

View of a Dealer's Picture Gallery
This two-day colloquium on the history of the picture gallery in eighteenth-century Europe is part of the Getty Research Institute's annual scholar theme on the display of art. Works of art had been traditionally displayed as part of palace collections known in German as Kunstkammern, where they were compactly hung, covering entire walls with little art-historical consideration. Beginning in the Enlightenment, such Kunstkammern gave way to didactic displays, where paintings were grouped by schools. This new approach was also reflected in the recording and narration of these displays in illustrated catalogues. These shifts eventually gave rise to the modern museum and museum catalogue.