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Getty Gardens: Brown Is the New Green

Green and brown flowers and rocks in the Getty's Central Garden

To adapt to the California drought, the Getty gardens team embraces the brown. More»

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Summer Family Fun at the Getty

Family enjoying Garden Concerts for Kids at the Getty
Family enjoying Garden Concerts for Kids

Free summer activities for kids and parents at the Getty Center and Getty Villa More»

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Mirror Selfies and Art History

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Neoclassical selfies? Check. More»

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Getty Center and Getty Villa Open Late This Summer

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Getty Center at sunset

The Getty’s open late this summer! More»

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Participate in StoryCorps at the Getty

StoryCorps interview featuring two African American men
Photo: Rob Lowell, courtesy of StoryCorps

Take part in an oral history project this March. More»

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Holiday Lights at the Getty Center through January 3

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Get sparkly with us this winter with special starry light projections, free hot cider, and luminous exhibitions. More»

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Join the Getty Community in Donating Food for #GivingTuesday

Debra Canter and Joe Dyer with donations to the Westside Food Bank
Getty volunteers Debra Canter and Joe Dyer with a vanload of donated food and toys at the Getty Center loading dock

Bring a donation of food on December 2 and we’ll match it. More»

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Watch the Oakes Brothers’ Drawing of the Getty Take Shape, Line by Line

The Oakes Brothers in the Central Garden at the Getty Center, 2011

See artist-brothers Ryan and Trevor Oakes live-sketch the Central Garden. More»

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Fall 2014 at the Getty

The Devil’s Bagpipes, lithograph in Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami, 1914.
The Devil’s Bagpipes, lithograph in Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami, 1914.

What’s coming up this fall? Too much to miss. More»

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Never-Ending Summer in the Central Garden

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Long live summer. More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: July 31

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This small panel by Dutch master Gerrit Dou (photographed only in black and white) is now in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It was sold to American collector Robert Sterling Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, in the summer of 1922.

      How do we know this? Archival sleuthing! A peek into the handwritten stock books of M. Knoedler & Co. (book 7, page 10, row 40, to be exact) records the Dou in “July 1922” (right page, margin). Turning to the sales books, which lists dates and prices, we again find the painting under the heading “New York July 1922,” with its inventory number 14892. A tiny “31” in superscript above Clark’s name indicates the date the sale was recorded.

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art, selling European paintings to collectors whose collections formed the genesis of great U.S. museums. The Knoedler stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Girl at a Window, 1623–75, Gerrit Dou. Oil on panel, 10 9/16 x 7 ½ in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.

      07/31/15

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