The Nature and Idea of Collecting


During the 1995/1996 year Getty scholars explored the nature and idea of collecting as a topic broadly defined to include: the social and institutional practice of collecting; how it reflects the values of a given community, region, and era; systems of display and classification; and the emergence of new languages and classes of collecting. Among the areas studied by this year's Getty Scholars were the collecting practices of Renaissance Italy, the dispersal of the art collections of Great Britain after the Civil Wars of 1640, and the social function of collecting in Oceanic cultures.

Getty Scholars


Paula Findlen, University of California, Davis, Early Modern European History

Enrique Florescano, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CNCA), Mexico, History of Mexico (19th c.)

Saul Friedlander, University of California, Los Angeles, Modern European History (Nazi Germany)

Francis Haskell, University of Oxford, England, Art History

Susanne Küchler, University College London, England, Anthropology (Oceanic Cultures)

Henri Lavagne d'Ortigue, Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne, France, Art History

Cees Nooteboom, Netherlands, Writer

Shigetoshi Osano, University of Tokyo, Japan, Renaissance Art History

Pratapaditya Pal, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Indian and Southeast Asian Art History

Giuseppe Pucci, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy, Classical Antiquity

Alain Schnapp, Université de Paris I, France, Classical Antiquity

Lambert Schneider, Universität Hamburg, Germany, Art and Architectural History

Barbara Stafford, University of Chicago, Art History

Christopher Steiner, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Anthropology (Africa)

Valerio Valeri, University of Chicago, Anthropology (Indonesia)

Visiting Scholars


Nicolas Barker, The London Library, England, Library Science

Harrison Birtwistle, King's College and London Philharmonic Orchestra, England, Composer

Adolf Borbein, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, Classical Archaeology

Horst Bredekamp, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, Art History

Craig Clunas, University of Sussex, England, Art History

Francesco Dal Co, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Italy, Modern Architectural History

Giuliana Lanata, Università di Genova, Italy, Religion and Law in Late Antiquity

Jenifer Neils, Case Western Reserve University, Greek Art and Archaeology

Armando Petrucci, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, Literature and Philosophy

Franca Petrucci, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, Literature and Philosophy

Antonio Pinelli, Università di Pisa, Italy, Art History

Krzysztof Pomian, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France, European Cultural History

Ulrich Raulff, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany, Intellectual History (19th-20th c.)

Carlos Sambricio, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, Architectural History

Lucia Tomasi, Universita degli Studi di Siena, Italy, Art History

Mario Torelli, Istituto di Studi Comparati sulle Societa Antiche, Italy, Archaeology

Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellows


Todd Gernes, Brown University, American History

Paul Holdengraeber, Princeton University, Comparative Literature

William MacGregor, University of California, Berkeley, Art History

Louis Marchesano, Cornell University, Early Modern European History

Aaron Segal, University of California, Los Angeles, Modern European History