Exhibitions and Installations

Thematic exhibitions and gallery installations featuring and complementing the permanent collections

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Orgies of Color: Degas’s Russian Dancers

Russian Dancers / Edgar Degas
Courtesy of a private collection

These exuberant dancers contrast strongly with Degas’s earlier ethereal ballerinas More»

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The Instagram of Ancient Rome

Mosaic Floor with a Boxing Scene
Mosaic Floor with a Boxing Scene; Unknown; Villelaure, France; about 175; Stone and glass tesserae; 208 × 208 × 8 cm, 498.9522 kg (81 7/8 × 81 7/8 × 3 1/8 in., 1099.99 lb.); 71.AH.106

In one square frame, Roman mosaics can tell an entire story More»

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Go Mad for Mosaics

Photo by Ryan Dickey, Watts Towers, 2009. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Photo: Ryan Dickey

Join us for #MosaicMadness to celebrate mosaics ancient and modern. More»

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Four Questions for the Directors of “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures”

Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey
Photo courtesy of and © Mathu Andersen

“He was really a documentarian…had he lived, he would sooner or later have made this film.”
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Three Reasons to Visit Woven Gold at the Getty

Grad intern Amelia Brown photographed in Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV. In the background is Portiere of the Chariot of Triumph / design by Charles Le Brun; woven at the Gobelins Manufactory
The J. Paul Getty Museum

A Getty intern describes the splendor that awaits visitors to an exhibition on Louis XIV’s tapestry collection More»

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Weaving Tapestry: A Family Tradition

Yadin Larochette at work in the exhibition Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV
Yadin Larochette at work in the exhibition Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV

A weaver reveals the thrill of fiber and loom More»

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Robert Mapplethorpe, My Greatest Boss

Robert Mapplethorpe / English
Robert Mapplethorpe, 1987, Brian English. Courtesy of and © Brian English

Brian English recalls Robert Mapplethorpe as boss, artist, and person. More»

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Friendship and Stewardship

Thomas / Mapplethorpe
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Remembering Robert as client, friend, and artist More»

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One Artist, Two Museums, Many Interpretations

Self-Portrait / Mapplethorpe
Gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

A preview of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium. More»

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Talking the Global Middle Ages with Curator Bryan Keene

Bryan Keene

Curator Bryan Keene takes questions from inquiring Instagrammers More»

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      Gold snake bracelet, worn on the wrist

      Romano-Egyptian, 3rd - 2nd century B.C. 

      Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

      In the Hellenistic period, gold made available by new territorial conquests flooded the Greek world. 

      Combined with social and economic changes that created a wealthy clientele with a taste for luxury, this availability led to an immense outpouring of gold jewelry to meet the demand.

      Here’s a closer view of the detailing of the cross-hatching.

      05/05/16

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