J. Paul Getty Trust 2016 Report

List of Publications

  • The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies
    Chivalry and Romance in the Medieval East
    Elizabeth Morrison and Zrinka Stahuljak
    Equal parts travelogue, romance, and thrilling epic, the medieval adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies can be read as one of the finest exemplars of the golden era of Flemish manuscript illumination. This stunning book provides selected translations of the original text and lush reproductions of the gold-flecked illuminations, as well as in-depth historical and literary analysis.
  • Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum
    Maria Lucia Ferruzza
    In the ancient world, terracotta sculpture was ubiquitous. Readily available and economical—unlike stone suitable for carving—clay allowed artisans to craft figures of remarkable variety and expressiveness. Maria Lucia Ferruzza investigates sixty terracottas from South Italy and Sicily from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum in this dynamic online catalogue (www.getty.edu/publications/terracottas), which is also available in a print edition.
  • The Artist and His Critic Stripped Bare
    The Correspondence of Marcel Duchamp and Robert Lebel
    Bilingual Edition
    Edited and translated by Paul B. Franklin
    With a foreword by Jean-Jacques Lebel
    The French art critic Robert Lebel played a key role in rendering the often hermetic life and abstruse ideas of his friend Marcel Duchamp widely accessible to a larger public. In this engaging new translation of their witty, heartfelt, and sometimes tempestuous correspondence, the intimate details of both men’s working practices and personal lives are revealed.
  • Beyond Boundaries
    Connecting Visual Cultures in the Provinces of Ancient Rome
    Edited by Susan E. Alcock, Marianna Egri, and James F. D. Frakes
    The Roman Empire had a rich and multifaceted visual culture, which was often variegated due to the sprawling geography of its provinces. In this remarkable work of scholarship, a group of international scholars has come together to find alternative ways to discuss the nature and development of the art and archaeology of the Roman provinces.
  • Cave Temples of Dunhuang
    Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road
    Edited by Neville Agnew, Marcia Reed, and Tevvy Ball
    The Mogao grottoes in northwestern China, located near the town of Dunhuang on the fabled Silk Road, are home to 45,000 square meters of murals, more than 2,000 statues, and over 40,000 manuscripts, making them some of the most important sites of Buddhist art in the world. This gorgeous exhibition catalogue transports readers to the caves themselves through stunning reproductions and lively essays, while providing readers an up-close look at these exquisite objects.
  • Cave Temples of Mogao at Dunhuang
    Art and History on the Silk Road
    Second Edition
    Roderick Whitfield, Susan Whitfield, and Neville Agnew
    The Mogao grottoes in China, near the town of Dunhuang on the fabled Silk Road, constitute one of the world’s most significant sites of Buddhist art. This new edition of a classic in its field offers a revised and expanded look at this world-renowned artistic treasure and its conservation.
  • Color Science and the Visual Arts
    A Guide for Conservators, Curators, and the Curious
    Roy S. Berns
    In this lively and accessible book, color science expert Roy S. Berns helps the reader understand complex color-technology concepts and offers solutions to problems that occur when art is displayed, conserved, imaged, or reproduced. Stunning color images, helpful diagrams, and a sense of deep curiosity make this volume an essential tool for professionals, laypeople, and students alike.
  • Conundrum
    Puzzles in the Grotesques Tapestry Series
    Charissa Bremer-David
    Without a narrative thread, theological moral, or allegorical symbolism, the unusual imagery of four tapestries in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum is perplexing. In this incisive study, curator Charissa Bremer-David reveals the eclectic origins of these designs, from antique statuary to Renaissance prints, from Mannerist tapestries to seventeenth-century theater.
  • Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire
    Edited by Karl Galinsky and Kenneth Lapatin
    Memory pervaded all aspects of Roman culture, from literature and art to religion and politics. This volume is the first to address the cultural artifacts of Rome through the lens of memory studies, crafting a deep and poignant understanding of this ancient civilization.
  • The Edible Monument
    The Art of Food for Festivals
    Edited by Marcia Reed
    From the banquets of the Medici and the Palace of Versailles to the pig feasts of Bologna and pre-Lenten festivals of Bavaria, this lavishly produced volume offers a sumptuous account of the dynamic interplay between art and the culinary in the Western World, placing food more prominently in our understanding of European history and whetting the appetite at every page.
  • Futurist Painting Sculpture (Plastic Dynamism)
    Umberto Boccioni
    Introduction by Maria Elena Versari
    First published in 1914, the fiery and influential book Futurist Painting Sculpture (Plastic Dynamism)contains a selection of manifestos by noted sculptor and Italian Futurist Umberto Boccioni. This new translation—which makes the text available for the first time in English—captures the spirit of Boccioni’s exciting prose and presents his radical ideas about art, architecture, and politics.
  • Getty Research Journal No. 8
    Edited by Gail Feigenbaum
    The Getty Research Journalfeatures the work of art historians, museum curators, and conservators around the world as part of the Getty’s mission to promote critical thinking in the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Articles present original research related to the Getty’s collections, intiatives, and research projects.
  • Household Gods
    Private Devotion in Ancient Greece and Rome
    Alexandra Sofroniew
    Although today ancient religion is often conjured by depictions of the pantheon or images of grand temples, most worship during antiquity took place within the home in the form of daily prayers to household gods. This elegant volume provides an intimate look at these religious objects of Ancient Greece and Rome and repositions our understanding of religious practice within the domestic sphere.
  • Introduction to Metadata
    Third Edition
    Edited by Murtha Baca
    Today the sheer volume of digital information in our midst has created a pressing need for standards to ensure correct and proper use and interpretation of metadata by its owners and users. This revised edition of Introduction to Metadatahas been fully updated to address advances in Linked Open Data, intellectual property law, and new computing technologies. This volume is available online (www.getty.edu/publications/intrometadata) and in a print edition.
  • The Invention of the American Art Museum
    From Craft to Kulturgeschichte, 1870–1930
    Kathleen Curran
    Although today they may work in tandem, American art museums once differed in both form and function from their European counterparts. This groundbreaking study of these beloved national institutions delves into their rich roots in craft museums up through their shift to a cultural-historical model, which remains prevalent even to this day.
  • Ishiuchi Miyako
    Postwar Shadows
    Edited by Amanda Maddox
    Ishiuchi Miyako, a recent recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Award, ranks as one of the most significant photographers working in Japan today. This volume spans her forty-year career and showcases a body of work that fuses the personal with the political, interweaving Ishiuchi’s own identity with the complex history of postwar Japan that emerged from the shadows cast by American occupation.
  • A King Seen from the Sky
    Bruno Gibert
    From award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Bruno Gibert comes this fantastical tale of the first hot-air balloon ride and the sheep, duck, and hen who were its passengers. In front of a grand audience at Versailles, including none other than Louis XVI, the animals take to the air and their successful flight launches them into a rollicking adventure featuring royal fetes, ever-lasting friendships—and revolution.
  • Latin Inscriptions
    Ancient Scripts
    Dirk Booms
    To the uninitiated, Latin inscriptions that confront museum visitors can seem like daunting jumbles of letters. However, since these texts were meant to be discernable to all levels of Roman society, including those who couldn’t read, they have strict conventions that make them easily decoded. In this concise guide, Dirk Booms teaches readers—even those with no knowledge of Latin—how to decipher these ancient messages.
  • Lawrence Alloway
    Critic and Curator
    Edited by Lucy Bradnock, Courtney J. Martin, and Rebecca Peabody
    One of the first scholars to elevate pop culture and transform it into a reputable subject for rigorous analysis, Lawrence Alloway had a protean career as a writer, curator, teacher, and scholar. This incisive book offers a revealing glimpse into the life and thought of this sometimes overlooked but highly influential art critic.
  • Luxus
    The Sumptuous Arts of Greece and Rome
    Kenneth Lapatin
    Rich with detailed illustrations, this elegantly conceived volume brings the luxury arts of antiquity back into brilliant life. The author includes a broad range of objects, from jewelry made out of gold and silver to statuettes and cameos made out of ivory and semiprecious stones.
  • Made in Los Angeles
    Materials, Processes, and the Birth of West Coast Minimalism
    Rachel Rivenc
    In the 1960s, a dynamic artistic movement exploded in Los Angeles, one rooted in simple shapes, pristine reflective surfaces, and brilliant color. With the unique eye of a conservator, Rachel Rivenc combines technical art history and scientific analysis to investigate conservation issues associated with the work of four icons of West Coast Minimalism: Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, and John McCracken.
  • Man Ray
    Writings on Art
    Edited by Jennifer Mundy
    By turns whimsical and determined, astute and experimental, Man Ray was an artist who truly came alive in his writing. Functioning as both an intriguing introduction to his work and as an essential addition to the completist’s library, this lively volume gathers Man Ray’s most significant writings—many of which have never before been published—to provide a fuller and richer portrait of this twentieth-century master.
  • Marie-Antoinette
    Hélène Delalex, Alexandre Maral, and Nicolas Milovavonic
    One of the world’s most famous—and infamous—queens, Marie-Antoinette continues to fascinate historians, writers, and filmmakers more than two centuries after her death. Rooted in careful study of royal material culture, this book provides an intimate glimpse into the queen’s life through not only her exquisite dresses and ornate furnishing at Versailles, but also more personal objects, including her harp, her sewing kit, and her children’s toys.
  • Noir
    The Romance of Black in 19th–Century French Drawings and Prints
    Edited by Lee Hendrix
    The nineteenth century saw a technological boom in black drawing media, such as black chalk and charcoal, allowing artists to experiment in unprecedented ways. The resulting art is evocative, stunning, and even eerie. With dazzling reproductions and lucid prose,Noirexplores these inventive works on paper and brings together artists as diverse as Goya, Redon, and Courbet.
  • Paul Cézanne
    Drawings and Watercolors
    Christopher Lloyd
    In addition to his oil paintings, which paved the way for modern art, Paul Cézanne left behind over a thousand drawings and hundreds of gorgeous watercolors. This elegantly conceived volume by Christopher Lloyd traces the development of Cézanne’s style and life through these stunning works, which emerge in this book as some of the most absorbing art ever created.
  • Polychrome Sculpture
    Meaning, Form, Conservation
    Johannes Taubert
    Edited with a new introduction by Michele D. Marincola
    In the decades since its initial publication, this work has been widely regarded as a watershed text on the making and meaning of European medieval and Baroque painted wood sculpture. The book is now available in English for the first time in a meticulous translation, enhanced and updated with new color illustrations, annotations, and a new introduction.
  • Qing Encounters
    Artistic Exchanges between China and the West
    Edited by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu and Ning Ding
    This ambitious work examines how contact between China and Europe during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries transformed the arts on both sides of the East and West divide, offering a new and more nuanced understanding of this critical chapter in the history of art.
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
    The Archive
    Frances Terpak and Michelle Brunnick
    Throughout his life, Robert Mapplethorpe kept rich studio files and art from every period and vein of his career: not just photographs, but his student work, sculpture, jewelry, and commercial assignments. The resulting archive of these works is fascinating and astonishing. This elegantly conceived volume lifts a veil on this little-known resource and sheds new light on the artist’s motivations, connections, and talent as a curator and collector.
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
    The Photographs
    Edited by Paul Martineau and Britt Salvesen
    One of the most influential and controversial figures in twentieth-century photography, Robert Mapplethorpe still stands as an example to emerging photographers who experiment with the boundaries and concepts of the beautiful. In this timely reexamination of his oeuvre, the authors have put together a rich selection of images with bracing essays to provide a fuller and more nuanced view of this important artist.
  • Roman Mosaics in the J. Paul Getty Museum
    Alexis Belis
    Introduction by Christine Kondoleon
    This catalogue documents all of the mosaics in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection, presenting their artistry in new color photography as well as the contexts of their discovery and excavation across Rome’s expanding empire. This volume is available in a dynamic online edition (www.getty.edu/publications/romanmosaics) and in a print edition.
  • The Shining Inheritance
    Italian Painters at the Qing Court, 1699–1812
    Marco Musillo
    In Qing dynasty China, Italian artists were hired through Jesuit missionaries by the imperial workshops in Beijing. The Shining Inheritancelooks at three of these artists and perceptively explores how each painter’s level of professional artistic training affected his understanding, selection, and translation of the Chinese pictorial traditions.
  • Thérèse Makes a Tapestry
    Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs
    Illustrations by Renée Graef
    Step back in time to seventeenth-century Paris with Thérèse, a talented young girl who lives and works at the Gobelins Manufactory, where Europe’s greatest artisans make tapestries for King Louis XIV. This charming story follows Thérèse as she carries out an ambitious plan with the help of family, friends, and the artisans of the Gobelins. The intricate craft of tapestry weaving is illuminated, and surprises await Thérèse, her parents and brothers, and even the king himself.
  • The Thrill of the Chase
    The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum
    Edited by Paul Martineau
    From 1973 to 1984, Samuel J. Wagstaff amassed a remarkable 26,000 photographs, ranging from well-known masterpieces to images from obscure sources, such as daguerreotypes and cartes-de-visite. This gorgeous exhibition catalogue offers an amazing overview of Wagstaff’s idiosyncratic collection, vividly reproducing over 150 of his finest photographs.
  • Unruly Nature
    The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau
    Edited by Scott Allan and Édouard Kopp
    A leader of the so-called Barbizon school in mid-nineteenth-century France, Théodore Rousseau eschewed traditional historical, biblical, and allegorical subjects in favor of a Romantic naturalism that he called “unruly nature.” In this exquisite new book, the authors offer a novel look at this experimental artist working in a unique historical moment between the idealization of academic paintings and the radical modernity of the Impressionists.
  • Woven Gold
    Tapestries of Louis XIV
    Edited by Charissa Bremer-David
    Designed by Baroque masters, such as Rubens and Le Brun, and woven by the finest workshops in delicate wools, silks, and gilt-metal threads, the luxurious tapestries in the collection of Louis XIV represent the greatest achievements of the art form. This gorgeous catalogue revels in the beauty of these masterworks and provides art-historical context for the novice and scholar alike.