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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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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Poem for a Boxer at Rest

Detail of the Seated Boxer
Museo Nazionale Romano—Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. Su concessione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo—Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l’area archeologica di Roma. Photo © Vanni Archive / Art Resource, NY

“In composing a poem inspired by the Boxer, it was natural for me to speak from his point of view.” More»

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The Sun King Illuminated: An Emblem Book for Louis XIV

Escutcheon with a Landscape / Jacques Bailly
Escutcheon with a Landscape (detail) from Emblems for Louis XIV, text in French and Latin by Charles Perrault, illuminations by Jacques Bailly, about 1663–68. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 11, leaf 5

Sleuthing the symbols of Louis XIV in the Getty Center galleries. More»

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A Bronze God for the Sun King

Belvedere Antinous - detail of head and torso / Tacca
Belvedere Antinous (detail), about 1630, attributed to Pietro Tacca. Bronze, 25 1/2 in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2014.40

Travels of a bronze Hermes, from Florence to Paris to L.A. More»

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Froth and Folly: Nobility and Perfumery at the Court of Versailles

Potpourri holder once owned by Madame de Pompadour
Detail of a potpourri holder once owned by Madame de Pompadour. One of a pair of vases (pots-pourris fontaine or pots-pourri à dauphins), about 1760, made at the Sèvres Manufactory with painted decoration attributed to Charles-Nicolas Dodin. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 78.DE.358

How did Louis XIV’s court smell? More»

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