Drawings

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Almost all the great artists of the past—painters, sculptors, printmakers, architects—employed drawing as an integral part of their creative process. Using it to explore rough ideas, to study nature and the human figure, and also as an end in itself, artists created works on paper of extraordinary power and immediacy. The Getty Museum’s collection of drawings began with the purchase of a single work by Rembrandt in 1981 and has grown to nearly 850 pieces, with the aim of forming a representative collection of Western European drawing between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. With a focus on collecting outstanding and compelling exhibition sheets, the intention is to demonstrate the heights of draftsmanship and to explore its central role within Western art.

Drawings and pastels are susceptible to damage by light and therefore works from the collection are displayed on a rotating basis. Thematic exhibitions are shown at the Getty Center, and works are featured in major international loan exhibitions.

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CONTACT INFO

drawings@getty.edu

RECENT ACQUISITIONS

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CURRENTFUTURE EXHIBITIONS

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FEATURED VIDEO

No other medium shows the evolution of artistic ideas like drawing. Learn how master and contemporary artists draw over lines, reposition figures and cut and paste parts of their work during the dynamic process of drawing.

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CURATORIAL STAFF

Julian Brooks

Senior Curator / Department Head

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Emily Beeny

Associate Curator

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Stephanie Schrader

Curator

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Julian Brooks

Senior Curator / Department Head

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Emily Beeny

Associate Curator

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Stephanie Schrader

Curator

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STUDY ROOM

Works on paper are fragile and susceptible to damage by overexposure to light. Drawings not on display in our galleries at the Getty Center may be made available for viewing in the Drawings Department study room.

Admission to view works in the study room is by application and appointment only. To request an application form, please contact drawings@getty.edu.