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Getty Voices: The Power of Vermeer


Vermeer’s newly arrived Woman in Blue Reading a Letter seems calmly at home in our galleries—but introduces a distinctive new presence. More»

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New “Getty Voices” Project Features Creative Angles on Art and Culture, One Week at a Time


This morning we launched Getty Voices, a new social media project on The Iris led by a different member of the Getty community every week. More»

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Getty Voices: Peru Field Notebook


Our new Getty Voices series kicks off with a weeklong view into one of the Getty Conservation Institute’s international field projects. More»

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      Natural Grace

      In the late 18th century, “natural grace” meant to strictly follow etiquette and to make it seem easy and effortless.

      Thomas Gainsborough’s Lady Walking in a Garden is, among other things, about fashion’s pivotal role in this delicate social task. The more complicated the dress, the more impractical for walking, the more difficult it was to wear it with elegance and nonchalance—and the more admirable if one succeeded in displaying natural grace.

      Walk, Look, and Learn

      This sketch is featured in the exhibition The Art of the Fold: Drawings of Drapery and Costume at the Getty Center through January 10, 2016.


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