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Discovering “Daisies”

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A film as beautiful as it is weird. More»

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How Should We Remember the Berlin Wall?

Memorial for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in a shopping mall
Photo: Christof Zwiener

“We believe that celebrations and congratulatory moments must give way to more creative engagement.” More»

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Tokyo Stories

Still from Adrift in Tokyo / 2007
Courtesy of The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

Three filmmakers have radically different takes on the city of Tokyo. More»

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A Curator “Visits” the Getty

A child dressed in chain mail at a Getty Center family festival
Kids aren't the only ones who know how to have fun on a Saturday at the museum. The faux-medieval chain mail helps, though.

Does a scholar of manuscripts art enjoy jousting, storytelling, and fun hats? Of course! More»

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Long Looks from Island to Island

Old Couple / John Currin
Artwork © John Currin. Photo: Robert McKeever

Two paintings of lovers, decades and centuries apart. More»

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Medieval Arms and Armor

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Come see how arms and armor are made in free demos at the Getty Center. More»

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“L.A. Summer of Learning” Turns the City into an Open-Air Classroom

Los Angeles Summer of Learning

Make your own summer camp with this new citywide program. More»

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Be a Part of “Fuzzy Grids II”

A family builds Fuzzy Grids II at the Getty Center
Building "Fuzzy Grids II" at the Getty Center

Be a part of an oversize living artwork at the Getty Center. More»

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Back to the Future with Chicano Batman

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They’re not just a Latin band. Five questions for Chicano Batman. More»

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“The Chivalry Project” Remakes Chivalry for the 21st Century

The Chivalry Project

Contribute to a collective digital rulebook, now through November 30. More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: July 31

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This small panel by Dutch master Gerrit Dou (photographed only in black and white) is now in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It was sold to American collector Robert Sterling Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, in the summer of 1922.

      How do we know this? Archival sleuthing! A peek into the handwritten stock books of M. Knoedler & Co. (book 7, page 10, row 40, to be exact) records the Dou in “July 1922” (right page, margin). Turning to the sales books, which lists dates and prices, we again find the painting under the heading “New York July 1922,” with its inventory number 14892. A tiny “31” in superscript above Clark’s name indicates the date the sale was recorded.

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art, selling European paintings to collectors whose collections formed the genesis of great U.S. museums. The Knoedler stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Girl at a Window, 1623–75, Gerrit Dou. Oil on panel, 10 9/16 x 7 ½ in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.

      07/31/15

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