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Conservation in Action: Jean-Baptiste Oudry's Rhinoceros

Date: Tuesdays–Fridays, January 9–26, 2007
Time: 10:00 a.m.–noon and 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. (hours will vary according to conservator's daily schedule)
Location: Getty Center, East Art Information Room (East Pavilion, Level 2)
Admission: Free; no reservations required.

See conservation in action as Mark Leonard, head of paintings conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, puts the final touches on the spectacular 10-by-15-foot Rhinoceros by Jean-Baptiste Oudry on loan from the Staatliches Museum in Schwerin, Germany.

This painting, a life-size portrait of Clara, a celebrated Indian rhinoceros who toured Europe in the mid-1700s, has undergone an intensive conservation treatment at the Museum. Leonard makes the skylit Art Information Room his studio as he completes the delicate final restoration work that will bring Clara back to vibrant life. On May 1, 2007, she will go on display for the first time in over 150 years in the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie (May 1–September 2, 2007), which also features other newly conserved animal portraits by Oudry.

Learn more about the conservation of Oudry's exotic animals.

Public Conversations with Mark Leonard
On Wednesdays and Fridays, January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26, from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., Leonard takes a break from his work to discuss the project and answer questions. Reservations are not required, but the room's capacity is limited.

Mark Leonard working on Rhinoceros

How to Get Here
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