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Share Your #LAstory and You Could See Your Photos at the Getty

#LAstory at the Getty

See your artwork in lights this July at Saturdays Off the 405. More»

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How to Find a Job in the Arts

Sue Ann Chui, Amanda Ramirez, Steve Saldivar, Tyrone Smith

Four people with cool jobs in the arts explain how they found the right career fit. More»

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Experience Death Salon Getty Villa

Caitlin Doughty and Judy Melinek at Death Salon Getty Villa

Audio, photos, and social media highlights from Death Salon Getty Villa. More»

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Be a Fool for Art

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#MusePose Gets Physical

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What’s next in our monthly Instagram challenge? Bring a friend… More»

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Join Three Color Experts for a Twitter Chat about Red

#SeeingRedChat

Save the date for a Twitter chat with three experts on the art and science of red. More»

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#MusePose, February Edition

Tristan as King Louis XIV - MusePose

Are you a king? A goddess? SHOW IT. More»

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What’s the Difference between a Selfie and a Self-Portrait?

Close-up of face in Rembrandt Laughing / Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Laughing (detail), about 1628, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Oil on copper, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013.60

When is a selfie a self-portrait? When is it art? More»

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Strike a #MusePose!

Air / Aristide Maillol #MusePose challenge
Audrey Chan and Kelly Williams strike a #MusePose duet! Sculpture: Air, designed 1938, cast 1962, Aristide Maillol. Lead, 94 in. long. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005.113.1

Get arty with your selfies in this new #MusePose Instagram challenge! More»

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#GettyCloser to Art Behind the Scenes

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Calling all art nerds for our next behind-the-scenes tweetup. 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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