After completing his studies at the University and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Davide began his career as curator at the National Gallery of Parma, Italy. Before joining the Getty Museum in 2014, he served as the director of the Galleria Estense in Modena from 2012 to 2014. He specializes in painting, sculpture, and decorative arts of the Renaissance; the rediscovery of classical antiquity; and the history of collecting, with particular emphasis on the Italian Renaissance.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
The Paintings collection encompasses over 400 notable European paintings produced before 1900. While its parameters reflect J. Paul Getty’s own interests, in the decades following his death in 1976 the collection expanded considerably beyond his predilection for Italian Renaissance and seventeenth–century Dutch and Flemish painting to include major examples of early Italian and Netherlandish painting, eighteenth– and nineteenth–century French painting, and the Spanish and German schools. Among the best–known works are Pontormo’s Portrait of a Halberdier, Orazio Gentileschi’s Danaë, Rembrandt’s An Old Man in Military Costume, Turner’s Modern Rome, Manet’s Jeanne (Spring), and Van Gogh’s Irises. Early paintings by Rembrandt (1628–34), as well as works by Rubens, Jacques‑Louis David, Monet, and Degas comprise areas of depth. The Department of Paintings continues to expand its holdings through selective acquisitions and gifts.
The collection is displayed in the skylit second–floor galleries of the Getty Museum and in conjunction with sculpture and decorative art on the plaza level.
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Explore in-depth scholarly essays on select paintings from our collection.
- Arii Matamoe (The Royal End) by Paul Gauguin
- A Wooded Landscape with Travelers on a Path through a Hamlet by Meindert Hobbema and Abraham Storck
- Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes by Pietro Paolini
- Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née Thérèse Feuillant by Jacques Joseph Tissot
- Christ and the Adulteress by Valentin de Boulogne
Art historian Richard Brettell delivers the 2016 Getty Museum Distinguished Lecture, entitled “Toward a Modern Beauty: Manet, Gaugin, Cézanne,” at the Getty Center.Watch more videos about the Collection
The Scandalous Art of James Ensor
In the 1880s, the young James Ensor was an ambitious renegade. Dive into his subversive and eccentric world with an in-depth look at his painting Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 via Google Arts & Culture.
Édouard Manet's Jeanne
Who was the chic yet mysterious Jeanne depicted in Manet's painting? Discover more about the sitter and the painter's approach to embodying springtime in this Google Arts & Culture virtual exhibit.
Rembrandt in Southern California
This is a virtual exhibition of 14 paintings by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (16061669) that are on view in five Southern California museums.
Senior Curator / Department Head
Senior Curator / Department Head
ORDERING IMAGESDigital images of most paintings in the collection are available for download, without charge, under the Getty’s Open Content Program.
Open content images may be used for any purpose; no permission is required.
To request permission to reproduce all other images from the Museum's collection, please see Ordering and Reproducing Images.