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  St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness / Metellus St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness (detail), Georg Metellus after Raphael, now attributed to Daniele da Volterra, ca. 1770–78. The Getty Research Institute, 870670

Display and Art History: The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue

This exhibition showcases the making of one of the earliest modern catalogues, La galerie électorale de Dusseldorff. Published in 1778, this revolutionary two-volume publication illustrates the display of an important European painting collection, reflecting a pivotal moment in the history of art as well as the history of the art museum.

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  Display and Art History: The Dusseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue

Display and Art History: The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue

This richly illustrated book analyzes the process by which the catalogue La galerie électorale de Dusseldorff was produced and sheds light on the historical and cultural context that gave rise to an innovative and didactic way of displaying paintings—and, by extension, to art history as a discipline.

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  Title page of Lettre d'amour / Rahon and Moro Title page of Lettre d'amour, Alice Rahon and César Moro, 1944. The Getty Research Institute, 980029


In this two-day symposium, held at the Getty Center in June 2010, participants explore the history of surrealist ideas and practices in Latin America.

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Learn more about the Surrealism in Latin America research project.

  Page from Tung Hing album (detail) Page from Tung Hing album (detail), ca. 1860–ca. 1930s. Clark Worswick collection of photographs of China and Southeast Asia, The Getty Research Institute, 2003.R.22

Digital Collection

These 1,500 images document the diverse cultures of China and Southeast Asia, including city views and rural landscapes, trades, and commercial pursuits. The collection features works by more than 60 Chinese and European photographers.

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  Page from Mein Vogelparadies / Hinkefuss Page from Mein Vogelparadies, 1929. Carl Ernst Hinkefuss papers, 1903–70. The Getty Research Institute, 2010.M.63

Finding Aid

These papers document the career of graphic designer Carl Ernst Hinkefuss and the broader developments in German commercial graphic design in the early decades of the 20th century. The archive includes trademark and logo designs created independently, as well as with graphic designer Wilhelm Deffke. Other items in the archive relate to the journal Qualität, the clearest expression of Hinkefuss's attempt to integrate the worlds of commerce and design, and to his children's book Mein Vogelparadies.

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  Allan Kaprow - Art as Life in Google Books View Allan Kaprow—Art as Life in Google Books.

GRI Publications Now in Google Books

In a new partnership with Google Books, Google will index the full text and illustrations of hundreds of Getty publications, allowing readers around the world to search, browse, and explore Getty Research Institute books, including new and out of print publications.

Read about this partnership in the Iris blog.

Banner image: First room, first facade of the Düsseldorf gallery (detail), 1776. Printer's proof for Nicolas de Pigage and Christian von Mechel, La galerie électorale de Dusseldorff . . . The Getty Research Institute, 870670


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