Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits

GETTY CENTER

Daily, through October 13, 2019

The Getty Center


Free | No ticket required


Pastels—dry, satiny colors, manufactured in sticks of every hue—enjoyed a surge in popularity during the eighteenth century, becoming, for a time, the medium of choice for European portraiture. This display of pastels from the permanent collection explores the specific physical properties that made this medium so appealing to eighteenth-century portraitists and their patrons.


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