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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      Cinco de Mayo celebrates the first battle of Puebla, which the Mexican army won in 1862. This perspective theater commemorates the *second* battle of Puebla in 1863, which ended in the defeat of the Mexican army and set the stage for the brief French rule of Mexico.

      As we peek inside, we find ourselves behind masses of French soldiers moving toward the fort and city of Puebla, which is being defended by a smaller Mexican force.

      Diorama de la prise de Puebla (Diorama of the siege of Puebla), 1863, Guerin-Muller et Cie. Hand-colored lithograph. The Getty Research Institute

      05/05/15

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