About: Bob Combs

I'm director of security for the J. Paul Getty Trust and its programs: the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Foundation. I'm privileged to work with a terrific team of people including security officers, technicians, control room operators, trainers, security supervisors and managers, and other administrative staff who are all focused on serving the Getty's visitors, staff, and collections.

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Casing This Museum Is Child’s Play

LEGO Museum break-in set

Just how secure is this LEGO® museum, anyway? More»

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Supporting Employees Who Serve

Randall Henry at the Getty, in his security officer's uniform

We folks in the Security Department don’t like to call attention to ourselves. We’re happiest when protecting you, and the art, behind the scenes. But we’re too happy about one piece of news to stay quiet: we recently received the… More»

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      Vermeer’s interiors make possible a sort of encounter in which the painting completely disappears in the viewing, and the viewer is what is seen into, and this is the key to Vermeer’s true design and the source of his work’s mystery.“

      —poet Michael White

      The Milkmaid, ca, 1660. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

      Woman Reading a Letter, ca. 1663. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

      Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca. 1662. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889. www.metmuseum.org

      03/28/15

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