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 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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This Just In: A Rediscovered Bernini

Bust of Pope Paul V / Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Bust of Pope Paul V, 1621, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

An elusive masterpiece joins the collection More»

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Outdoor Sculpture at Long Beach Campus Gets a Fresh Look

Duet after repainting. Courtesy University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
Duet after repainting. Courtesy University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach

CSU Long Beach’s remarkable outdoor sculpture collection is being newly conserved More»

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A Glimpse into the Sun King’s Private World

Ivory writing table (detail)
Detail showing the ivory and painted horn

An unusual table once owned by Louis XIV offers a peek into a king’s private world. More»

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Mirror Selfies and Art History

Selfie by Philippe Halbert
Art historian selfie ft. the author

Neoclassical selfies? Check. More»

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Conserving Barbara Hepworth’s “Figure for Landscape”

Figure for Landscape / Hepworth
Figure for Landscape, 1960, Barbara Hepworth. Bronze, 107 x 52 x 27 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Fran and Ray Stark, 2005.108. © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Barbara Hepworth’s bronze figure is conserved. More»

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Rodin Joins the Impressionists

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Rodin’s Christ and Mary Magdalene has a new home at the Getty. More»

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This Renaissance Sculpture Just Became a French Movie Star

Double Head (detail of face) / Francesco Primaticcio

This Renaissance sculpture stars in a French biopic. More»

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Marie-Antoinette’s Swiveling Armchair Is the New Centerpiece of Neoclassical Furniture Gallery

Neoclassical furniture gallery at the Getty Center
Marie-Antoinette's chair (at right) in the newly reinstalled Gallery S114

Marie-Antoinette’s armchair gets the royal treatment. More»

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      Olympian Census #4: Aphrodite

      Get the stats on your favorite (and not-so-favorite) gods and goddesses on view at the Getty Center.

      Roman name: Venus

      Employment: Goddess of Love and Beauty

      Place of residence: Mount Olympus

      Parents: Born out of sea foam formed when Uranus’s castrated genitals were thrown into the ocean

      Marital status: Married to Hephaestus, the God of Blacksmiths, but had many lovers, both immortal and mortal

      Offspring: Aeneas, Cupid, Eros, Harmonia, Hermaphroditos, and more

      Symbol: Dove, swan, and roses

      Special talent: Being beautiful and sexy could never have been easier for this Greek goddess

      Highlights reel:

      • Zeus knew she was trouble when she walked in (Sorry, Taylor Swift) to Mount Olympus for the first time. So Zeus married Aphrodite to his son Hephaestus (Vulcan), forming the perfect “Beauty and the Beast” couple.
      • When Aphrodite and Persephone, the queen of the underworld, both fell in love with the beautiful mortal boy Adonis, Zeus gave Adonis the choice to live with one goddess for 1/3 of the year and the other for 2/3. Adonis chose to live with Aphrodite longer, only to die young.
      • Aphrodite offered Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman, to Paris, a Trojan prince, to win the Golden Apple from him over Hera and Athena. She just conveniently forgot the fact that Helen was already married. Oops. Hello, Trojan War!

      Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.

      08/03/15

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