A Storm on a Mediterranean Coast, 1767, Claude-Joseph Vernet. J Paul. Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Shipwrecks and Sunsets: Learning to Look with 18th-Century Eyes


Research Institute Lecture Hall

How can we gain insight into the emotions of interest, pleasure, boredom, or fear that 18th-century viewers experienced when looking at contemporary painting? Heather MacDonald of the Getty Foundation, an expert on 18th-century European painting, explores the histories of several paintings in the Getty Museum in order to better understand how they were seen and appreciated by their original owners and viewers.

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