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... Read More
Madonna and Child Visit from Hearst Castle
Paintings by Duccio are astoundingly rare—there are fewer than 15 in existence, the Maestà in Siena being the most magisterial. Much in demand even... Read More
Cellini Gets a Rival
A beautiful bronze Double Head, attributed to the Italian sculptor Francesco Primaticcio, has just joined the Museum’s collection. Though made by an Italian, it... Read More
Question of the Week: Can Love Last Forever?
Can love outlast death? Love and desire sizzle in this sculpture showcasing Venus and Adonis. Venus is desperately in love with Adonis, a handsome... Read More
The Italian Showcase
If our globe had a school playground, could you spot Italy? That’s right, the one voted “most popular.” Good-looking, sharp, charismatic. Plus, a rock... Read More
The Display of Art in Roman Palaces
At a time when we’re accustomed to viewing art in museums—and often in galleries that more or less resemble a white cube—it’s worth thinking... Read More
Italian Artists’ Books
Highlights from the Getty Research Institute’s collection of Italian artists’ books.Read More
Question of the Week: Is It Better for a Leader to Be Loved, or Feared?
Question of the Week is a series inspired by our Masterpiece of the Week tours, offered daily at 4:00 p.m. Featuring an open and... Read More
Inside Brunelleschi’s Dome
Italy is full of extraordinary, breathtaking round-the-corner experiences. You round a corner in Rome and find the Pantheon. In Pisa it could be the... Read More
Travel Postcards, 18th-Century Style
Picture this: You’re in the 18th century taking a Grand Tour across Europe, making all the “in” stops such as France and Italy. Before... Read More
Leonardo da Vinci, Anatomist
Leonardo da Vinci worked for 25 years on a complete guide to the human form that would have transformed the study of anatomy in... Read More
Welcoming Leonardo to L.A.
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... Read More