Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Artwork in three dimensions and a variety of media, from ancient bronzes to Neoclassical marbles; plus furniture, porcelain, paneled rooms, and other decorative objects of great artistry

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A Young Girl Holding Doves

Marble Relief with a Young Girl Holding Doves
Courtesy of www.metmuseum.org

A masterpiece of Greek sculpture is on special loan to the Getty Villa More»

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Also posted in Art & Archives, Exhibitions and Installations, J. Paul Getty Museum

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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Inside the L.A. Studio of Artist Marnie Weber

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Mash-ups of Getty decorative arts, women, animals—and monsters More»

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Conservation Up Close: Maillol’s “Torso of Dina”

Graduate intern Kellie Boss shines an examination light on Aristide Maillol's Torse de Dina
Grad intern Kellie Boss shines an examination light on Aristide Maillol's Torse de Dina

Museum conservators solve a mystery during the routine treatment of an outdoor sculpture More»

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Instagram Inspiration from the Old Masters

Sketch by Franklin Lei of Bernini's marble Bust of Pope Paul V
Sketch by Franklin Lei of Bernini's marble Bust of Pope Paul V. Courtesy of and © Franklin Lei

“I am able to capture so much more with my eyes than what I would from studying a photograph.” More»

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18th-Century Clock Reminds Us That Time Flies

Wall Clock / French
Partial gift of Dr. Horace W. Brock in memory of Philippe Kraemer

A newly acquired masterpiece from the great age of clock-making. More»

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Revitalizing Barbara Hepworth’s Figure for Landscape

Figure 3: Figure for Landscape, 1960, Barbara Hepworth. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Fran and Ray Stark, 2005.108. © Bowness. After treatment on the Fran and Ray Sculpture Terrace.
Figure 3: Figure for Landscape, 1960, Barbara Hepworth. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Fran and Ray Stark, 2005.108. © Bowness. After treatment on the Fran and Ray Sculpture Terrace.

A behind-the-scenes look at restoring Barbara Hepworth’s 1960 sculpture “Figure for Landscape.” More»

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This Just In: A Rare Medieval Alabaster

A delicately carved statuette of Saint Philip joins the collection. More»

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Artist Grimanesa Amorós on the Value of Public Art

The Mirror Connection | Beijing, China
© Grimanesa Amorós

A chat with the sculptor and installation artist. More»

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Look Deep Inside a French Bronze Sculpture

Detail of Boreas Abducting Orithyia

Conservators use X-rays and a videoscope to unlock the secrets of a bronze sculpture. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      05/03/16

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