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Experiencing Outdoor Theater at the Getty Villa

Drama at dusk at the Getty Villa

A taste of the outdoor theater experience at the Getty Villa. More»

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Getting to Know You

Group photo from the Mojada reading at the Getty Villa
Occidental College grad students with noted Chicano theater scholar Dr. Jorge Huerta at the Getty Villa stakeholder reading.

Playwright Luis Alfaro is remaking Euripides’ Medea for Los Angeles. More»

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Grad Intern Diary: Jacquelyn Clements

Jacquelyn Clements

Studying Greece’s enchanting landscape. 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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Classicist Edith Hall on Ancient Conflict Resolution, Robots, and Why Knowing Greek History Would Make the World a Better Place

© Michael Wharley Photography 2013

“I would like to teach every young person some bits of Homer, Greek drama, Plato, Aristotle, Livy and Tacitus. The world would be a better place.” More»

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Getty Center and Getty Villa Open Late This Summer

Getty Center sunset
Getty Center at sunset

The Getty’s open late this summer! More»

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Experience Death Salon Getty Villa

Caitlin Doughty and Judy Melinek at Death Salon Getty Villa

Audio, photos, and social media highlights from Death Salon Getty Villa. More»

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Which Hero Would You Choose for Your Coffin?

Sarcophagus with Scenes from the Life of Achilles / Roman
Sarcophagus with Scenes from the Life of Achilles, A.D. 180–220, Roman. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 95.AA.80

Three great heroes with equally great flaws. More»

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15 Deathiest Objects at the Getty Villa

Roman Miniature Posable Skeleton

A death-themed tour of the Getty Villa collection. More»

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Are Westerners Weird about Death?

19th-century mummy, Burgio, Sicily (detail)
Photo courtesy of and © Paul Koudounaris

“After the Enlightenment, we made a very determined effort to ghettoize the dead.” 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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