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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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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What Time Is It? In the Collection, It’s Always 10:10

Wall Clock / Andre-Charles Boulle
Wall Clock, about 1710, attributed to André-Charles Boulle. Gilt bronze veneered with blue painted horn and brass; enameled metal; glass. 2 ft. 4 in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 73.DB.74

For the clocks in the Getty Museum’s collection, time stands eternally still. More»

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Physiognomy, The Beautiful Pseudoscience

Untitled / Ken Gonzales-Day

What do the expressions “highbrow” and “lowbrow” have in common with saying a woman has “mousey” features? What does Homer Simpson have to do with photographs of sculpture in profile by contemporary artist Ken Gonzales-Day? All are contemporary manifestations of… More»

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Victims of Soicumstance: My Automatic Visual Reactions to Messerschmidt

Untitled (Big Man) / Ron Mueck

A room full of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’s Character Heads—currently at the Getty Center as part of the exhibition Messerschmidt and Modernity—may be the best place in L.A. right now to observe neurobiological reactions to human expression. The heads are not… More»

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Waxing and Waning of Summer in Decorative Arts & Sculpture Conservation

Applying a protective wax coating to Jack Zajac's Big Skull and Horn in Two Parts II

Every Monday—when the Museum is closed to visitors and Getty staff soldier on despite the closure of the coffee carts—the Getty’s outdoor sculptures get washed and rinsed of the week’s helping of dirt, pollution, bird guano, and spider webs. This… More»

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