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Why Give Time to the Arts? 6 Questions for Getty Volunteer Stephen Thorne

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Say “Guten Tag!” to Stephen Thorne, one of the Getty Center’s first volunteers. More»

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First Annual Day of Service Is a Hit

Jim Cuno at the Getty's Day of Service, March 11, 2013

Reflections on the Getty’s first annual Day of Service. More»

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Volunteer Chuck Panama: Pinned and Proud

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Chuck Panama wants you to know that the whole thing is an accident. “I’m not a pin collector,” Chuck, a seven-year volunteer at the Getty Center, told me. “I’m not one of these people who studies it. I’m sure there’s… More»

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Volunteer Profile: Suzanne Ziesmer, 10 Years of Giving

Suzanne Ziesmer has been volunteering at the Getty for a decade.
Suzanne Ziesmer has been volunteering at the Getty for a decade.

When you step off from the Getty Center tram on a Tuesday, Suzanne Ziesmer is there to greet you. It’s 64 degrees on this particular morning. A perfect spring day in most parts of the country—although Angelenos consider this downright… 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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