Paintings

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

The Paintings collection encompasses over 400 notable European paintings produced before 1900. While its parameters reflect J. Paul Getty’s own interests, in the decades following his death in 1976 the collection expanded considerably beyond his predilection for Italian Renaissance and seventeenth–century Dutch and Flemish painting to include major examples of early Italian and Netherlandish painting, eighteenth– and nineteenth–century French painting, and the Spanish and German schools. Among the best–known works are Pontormo’s Portrait of a Halberdier, Orazio Gentileschi’s Danaë, Rembrandt’s An Old Man in Military Costume, Turner’s Modern Rome, Manet’s Jeanne (Spring), and Van Gogh’s Irises. Early paintings by Rembrandt (1628–34), as well as works by Rubens, Jacques‑Louis David, Monet, and Degas comprise areas of depth. The Department of Paintings continues to expand its holdings through selective acquisitions and gifts.

The collection is displayed in the skylit second–floor galleries of the Getty Museum and in conjunction with sculpture and decorative art on the plaza level.

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CONTACT INFO

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

Cranach Magnified
This tool allows you to investigate the refined painting technique of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) and his workshop by comparing zoomable macroscopic details from different paintings side by side.

Rembrandt in Southern California
This is a virtual exhibition of 14 paintings by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669) that are on view in five Southern California museums.

FEATURED VIDEO

Art historian Richard Brettell delivers the 2016 Getty Museum Distinguished Lecture, entitled “Toward a Modern Beauty: Manet, Gaugin, Cézanne,” at the Getty Center.

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CURATORIAL STAFF

Davide Gasparotto

Senior Curator / Department Head

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Scott Allan

Associate Curator

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Laura Llewellyn

Assistant Curator

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Anne Woollett

Curator

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Davide Gasparotto

Senior Curator / Department Head

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Scott Allan

Associate Curator

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Laura Llewellyn

Assistant Curator

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Anne Woollett

Curator

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ORDERING IMAGES

Digital images of most paintings in the collection are available for download, without charge, under the Getty’s Open Content Program.

Open content images may be used for any purpose; no permission is required.

To request permission to reproduce all other images from the Museum's collection, please see Ordering and Reproducing Images.