Publication grants were the first category of support offered by the Getty Foundation. They provided support for substantial, new publication projects that significantly advanced scholarship in the visual arts. The topics were diverse and ranged widely over all time periods, subjects, and media. Getty support helped publishers lower the retail price of individual books, increase the number and quality of illustrations, and make possible the publication of exceptionally long or complex manuscripts. Initially support was for individual scholarly books or museum catalogues. Over time as a result of changes in the economics of art history publishing, the Foundation's support shifted to focus solely on the publication of multi-volume series by scholarly presses. Today there is no separate publication grant category, instead publications are included in some strategic initiatives such as Pacific Standard Time and the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative.
Top: a selection of past publications made possible by Getty Foundation grants