Old Master paintings, oil sketches, ancient encaustic portraits, and more

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Who Was James Ensor?

The Skeleton Painter / James Ensor
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels. Image © Lukas-Art in Flanders vzw, photo Hugo Maertens

Belgium’s most eccentric, scandalous, and shocking painter is the focus of an exhibition at the Getty Center this summer. More»

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Three Cameras, One Painting—Pollock’s “Mural” on Video

Laptop with Jackson Pollock's Mural
Behind the scenes during production of videos about Jackson Pollock’s Mural. Painted 1943, oil and casein on canvas, 95 5/8 x 237 3/4 in. The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa

Midcentury painting inspires 21st-century video. More»

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Scott Schaefer on the Meaning of Collecting


The retiring paintings curator walks the galleries with us one last time. More»

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The Value of Record Keeping: Frederick Hammersley’s Painting Books

Frederick Hammersley's paints and studio tools / Albuquerque, New Mexico
Frederick Hammersley's paints and studio tools as left on his painting table at his home studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The artist’s remarkably detailed records offer a huge boon to conservation science. More»

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Frederick Hammersley Foundation Donates Archive to the Getty Research Institute

Page from Notebook 3 / Frederick Hammersley
Page from Notebook 3, Frederick Hammersley, 1978. Artwork © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

“Despite their precise lines and construction, Hammersley’s work displays a personal touch, guided by his belief in intuition as an important principle for art making.” More»

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Is That An Art Exhibition In Your Ear?

Portraits: An Exhibition in Tif Sigfrids' Ear
Can you find the exhibit? Tif Sigfrids with L.A.'s smallest gallery show, Portraits: An Exhibition in Tif Sigfrids' Ear.

L.A.’s smallest gallery show is currently taking place inside a human ear. More»

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Laughing Out Loud! Rembrandt Self-Portrait Now on View at the Getty

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

A youthful, confident Rembrandt shakes things up in the paintings galleries. More»

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The Saints of Skid Row

All the Saints of the City of the Angels / J Michael Walker
© 2013 J Michael Walker

Artist J Michael Walker finds a saint very much alive in downtown Los Angeles. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: Knoedler, Mellon, and an Unlikely Sale

Venus with a Mirror / Titian
Venus with a Mirror, about 1555, Titian. Oil on canvas, 49 x 41 9/16 in. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1937.1.34. Andrew W. Mellon Collection

One of the most remarkable art sales of the 20th century, as told in documents from the Knoedler archives at the Getty Research Institute. More»

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Seven Works of Art that Make Me Think About Being an American

Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, 1986, David Hockney. © 1986 David Hockney

What work of art screams ‘America’ to you? This is a reflection on works of art that make you think about national identity. More»

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