Sculpture & Decorative Arts

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

The Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts oversees a rich collection of nearly 1,700 objects, spanning from the late-twelfth to mid-twentieth centuries. The European decorative arts holdings, which J. Paul Getty began acquiring in the 1930s, count among the world’s finest for their quality, rarity, and historical interest. Of particular importance are objects created in France under the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI. The decorative arts collection also features premier examples of furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, textiles, clocks, and gilt bronzes that date from the Renaissance to the early 1800s, as well as medieval and Renaissance stained glass.

Established in 1984, the European sculpture collection has grown significantly to include rare masterpieces made from the Middle Ages through the early 1900s. This ensemble was enriched in 2004 by a generous donation from Fran and Ray Stark, comprising of 28 pieces by prominent artists of the twentieth century.

The department's holdings can be viewed mostly on the plaza level of the Museum’s permanent galleries, with a few pieces on the second level. The majority of the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Collection is exhibited at the lower tram station and at the top of the hill around the Getty Center.

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INTERACTIVES

The Life of Art
Explore the construction, function, and history of a porcelain bowl and silver fountain from the seventeenth century, and a side chair and gilt bronze wall light from the eighteenth.

A Cabinet of Curiosities
Created in about 1630, this German display cabinet once stored small works of art and natural specimens. Learn about its construction and cultural meanings.

FEATURED VIDEO

Explore the process of tapestry weaving at the Gobelins Manufactory in Paris, where historical techniques dating to the time of Louis XIV are used to make contemporary works of art.

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CURATORIAL STAFF

Anne-Lise Desmas

Senior Curator / Department Head

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Charissa Bremer-David

Curator

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Jeffrey Weaver

Associate Curator

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Anne-Lise Desmas

Senior Curator / Department Head

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Charissa Bremer-David

Curator

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Jeffrey Weaver

Associate Curator

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