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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Three Reasons to Love Marie-Antoinette

Color print of Queen Marie-Antoinette
Queen Marie-Antoinette, about 1789, Pierre-Michel Alix after Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. Etching and wash manner, printed in blue, red, yellow, and black inks, 9 3/16 x 7 1/16 in. The National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection, 1942.9.2430. Image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Before her ill-fated end, Marie-Antoinette was a peerless patron of the decorative arts. More»

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Whale Tales and Sea Monsters

Venus on the Waves (detail), 1769, Francois Boucher. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Venus on the Waves (detail), 1769, Francois Boucher. J. Paul Getty Museum.

What is worse than a shark? Oh, that’s right. A lot. More»

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Sculpting Gravity

Floating Curvilinear Arc / Geyer and McMillin
Photo © Don Milici, courtesy Pasadena Museum of California Art

Making visible the earth’s elegance, through art. More»

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77,000 Images of Tapestries and Italian Monuments Join the Open Content Program

Italian sculpture / Max Hutzel
Max Hutzel photographed Italy for 30 years, documenting architecture, paintings, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork and other "arte minore" (minor arts). The Getty Research Institute, 86.P.8

Photographs of Italian monuments and European tapestries join the Open Content Program. More»

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Got Five Minutes? These Artworks Have Something to Tell You

Bust of Madame Recamier, about 1801-1802, Joseph Chinard. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Bust of Madame Recamier, about 1801-1802, Joseph Chinard. J. Paul Getty Museum.

In honor of Slow Art Day, six artworks that reward you for taking your sweet time. More»

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In This Unusual Exhibition, Sculpture Is Best Viewed by Car

Tiger 1, 2001, Gwynn Murrill, Edition 1 of 6, Bronze, 39 x 54 x 27 inches. Courtesy of LA Louver, Venice CA
Tiger 1, 2001, Gwynn Murrill, Edition 1 of 6, Bronze, 39 x 54 x 27 inches. Courtesy of LA Louver, Venice CA

Art best viewed from behind the wheel? In Century City, cast bronzes of SoCal fauna create an outdoor, drive-by art gallery. A tour. More»

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No Beauty Contest: 18th-Century English Lord Curates Getty Museum Gallery

Neoclassical and Roman sculptures at the Getty Center, Gallery W101
A new installation in Gallery W101 at the Getty Center presents 18th-century Neoclassical sculptures alongside two Roman pieces with storied pasts

Two pieces brought out from storage complete the story of the Judgment of Paris in a new installation at the Getty Center. More»

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Getty Voices: Looking Closely

Using augmented reality on an iPad in The Life of Art at the Getty Museum

As the designer of The Life of Art, my job was to get you to look—really look. More»

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Seven Ways of Seeing “Lion Attacking a Horse”

Lion Attacking a Horse / Greek
Lion Attacking a Horse, Greek, 325–300 B.C.; restored in Rome in 1594. Marble, 150 x 250 cm. Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale—Musei Capitolini

In August, the Greek sculpture Lion Attacking a Horse flew over the back wall of the Getty Villa and took up residence in our Atrium. We have now lived with the sculpture for over three months, and are already lamenting… More»

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“Not Like a Coward”: Remembering a Warrior’s Death

Gravestone of Pollis / Greek
Gravestone of Pollis, Greek, made in Megara, about 480 B.C. Marble, 60 1/4 in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 90.AA.129

The intimate association between being remembered and risking one’s life on the battlefield lies at the heart of Homer’s Iliad. The preeminent warrior Achilles famously chose to die young in battle and be forever honored, and this heroic code is well… More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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