About: Scott Schaefer

In 1964 I visited my first museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as a high school student; 16 years later I would become its first curator of paintings. I went on to become senior vice-president at Sotheby's New York, working first as Director of Museum Services, then in Old Master Paintings, and finally as Head of Old Master Drawings. In 1999 I was named the fourth curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where I'm currently senior curator of the department—and proud to have presented 55 paintings and pastels for acquisition.

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A Curator Undercover at the Museum Info Desk

Hans Hoffmann's A Hare in the Forest is curved because its wooden support has warped with time.

As the Getty Museum’s senior curator of paintings, I feel it is incumbent on me to walk through the galleries almost every day, speaking with the security officers and other staff and watching how the public looks at the collections…. More»

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      Did humans have eyes that close together in ancient times?

      Naaaah, this helmet is ceremonial, most like for a funerary purpose. Once adorned with horsehair, feathers or metal animal horns, this decorative helmet was certainly not functional.

      Did you notice the engraved ringlet curls at the helmet’s ‘hairline’?

      Helmet, 400 - 375 B.C., Greek. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      08/19/14

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