About: Julian Brooks

I'm associate curator of drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, particularly looking after Italian, Spanish, and British works (they're all fairly well-behaved). My own drawing talents are very limited, though I scratch away with a pencil every now and then as an exercise in self-humiliation. Chocolate sustains me through the day. Although I'm English (and even educated at Oxford, so I wear a lot of tweed), I adore California. My accent has softened somewhat, and the Ts have turned to Ds; I now say "Geddy" instead of "Getty."

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Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Lefty

Detail of a Caricature of a Man with Bushy Hair / Leonardo da Vinci
Caricature of a Man with Bushy Hair (detail), about 1494, Leonardo da Vinci. Pen and brown ink, 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 84.GA.647

Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings contain a little-known secret. More»

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Getty Voices: Researching the Renaissance

Julian Brooks in Florence with reproductions of Andrea del Sarto's Renaissance drawings
Florence, del Sarto, and I.

“It’s amazing to be immersed in Andrea del Sarto’s home city, his drawings, paintings, frescoes, and his life, normally all so far away when I’m in L.A.” More»

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From Auction to Gallery: A Major Renaissance Portrait Drawing for the Getty

Portrait of a Young Man, Head and Shoulders, Wearing a Cap / Piero del Pollaiuolo

I find auctions terrifying. Mesmerizing, but terrifying. When a major early Renaissance portrait drawing came up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York a month ago, my stomach was in my mouth. It was the sort of drawing one hardly… More»

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Marilyn Manson, Luminous Poetry, and British Watercolors

Durham Cathedral and Castle / Thomas Girtin
Durham Cathedral and Castle / Thomas Girtin, about 1800. Watercolor over pencil heightened with gum arabic, 14 3/4 x 19 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010.35

I never expected to witness an evening combining British artists Aubrey Beardsley and Thomas Girtin, goth-rocker Marilyn Manson, Ugly Betty, six contemporary American poets, Stonehenge, improvisational bassist Roberto Miranda, William Blake, and the exhumed body of a Pre-Raphaelite model. Yet… More»

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Seven Things I Learned from “Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture”

Banners for Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention at the Getty Center

Now that the Leonardo exhibition has closed, as co-curator—along with Anne-Lise Desmas, associate curator in the Department of Sculpture and the Decorative Arts—I can take stock of some of the things I’ve learned. I’m sad to see the exhibition go,… More»

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Welcoming Leonardo to L.A.

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More than any other exhibition I’ve worked on, Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention feels historic. To stand there as the crate containing Leonardo’s painting of Saint Jerome from the Vatican was opened, to imagine… More»

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      Millais called this painting “the picture with the dreadful blue-and-white page in the corner.” Do you agree? 

      The Ransom, 1860 - 1862, John Everett Millais. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      07/29/14

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