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October 17, 2006–January 21, 2007 at the Getty Center


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To Draw Or Not To Draw? Contrasting the Approaches of Caravaggio and Guercino
Most Italian late Renaissance and Baroque artists made drawings to prepare for their paintings. Yet Caravaggio (1571–1610) hardly drew at all, while Guercino—whose early paintings reflect Caravaggio's strong light effects and shocking subjects—drew incessantly.

Julian Brooks, assistant curator, Department of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, examines these two artists' different approaches and how drawing (or the lack of it) influenced their works.

Free; reservations required.

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Sunday, December 10, 4:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

Curator's Gallery Talks

Julian Brooks, assistant curator, Department of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Free; no reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Tuesday, November 14, 1:30 p.m., and Thursday, January 11, 2:30 p.m.
Museum galleries, Getty Center

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Take a self-guided audio tour and listen to curators discuss Guercino's unique approach to drawing. Rent an audio player for $5 in the Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center.

Christ Preaching in the Temple / Guercino


Drawing From The Old Masters: Lessons From Guercino
Join artist Peter Zokosky in an exploration of Guercino's drawing methods and materials—including an introduction to iron gall ink, quill and reed pens, and natural chalk—followed by sketching in the galleries with graphite.

Course fee $20. Open to 25 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

Tuesday, October 24, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
repeats Sunday, October 29, 1:00–4:00 p.m., and Tuesday, November 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Museum Studios and galleries, Getty Center