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Art

View of the Renaissance Art in Italy and Northern Europe gallery.

Always on view, the Museum's collection of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts is arranged roughly by era and the artist's nationality in galleries that span all four pavilions at the Getty Center.

Manuscript page showing 'Initial H: Moses Striking Water from the Rock and Israelites Drawing Water' in the Abbey Bible, by an unknown Italian artist, about 1250-1262.

The collection of medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts is displayed in rotating exhibitions covering various topics, such as life in the Middle Ages, religion, and the development of painting techniques. Seen here: detail from Initial H: Moses Striking Water from the Rock and Israelites Drawing Water in the Abbey Bible, by an unknown Italian artist, about 1250–1262 .

The painting "Irises" by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889.

The European paintings collection spans several decades, with examples from the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the early modern era, including several Impressionist works, such as Van Gogh's Irises, seen here

Gallery of art of late Neoclassicism in European art and design.

Several galleries display paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from one era together, such as this gallery of late Neoclassical art.

"The Mocking of Christ," a drawing by a pupil of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, about 1650-1655.

The collection of prints and drawings is also displayed in rotating exhibitions, and includes works from the early Renaissance to the turn of the 20th century. Seen here: The Mocking of Christ (detail), by a pupil of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, about 1650–1655.

'Gandydancer's Dream,' an outdoor sculpture by Mark di Suvero, 1987-1988.

Contemporary and modern sculpture is featured throughout the grounds. Seen here: Gandydancer's Dream by Mark di Suvero, 1987–1988. Courtesy of Mark di Suvero and Spacetime C.C.

"Cotton-Mill Worker," a photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, 1908.

Photographs are always on view in the Center for Photographs. The collection spans the entire history of photographic arts, and includes works from Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Seen here: Cotton-Mill Worker, 1908, Lewis Wickes Hine, gelatin silver print.

Instalation view of the exhibition "Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910-191" at the Getty Research Institute.

Rare books, photographs, artists' books, and more can be seen in the Getty Research Institute exhibition gallery. This display from a 2008–2009 exhibition in the Getty Research Institute, Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917.

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Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films
Yvonne Rainer Dances and Films
Image © Al Giese

The collection, changing exhibitions, and outdoor art on view at the Getty Center reach across European and American history—from medieval times to the present.

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Permanent Collection

The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center includes pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; 19th- and 20th-century American, European, and Asian photographs; contemporary and modern sculpture; and Robert Irwin's Central Garden, designed specifically for the Getty Center.

Interact and Learn

  • Family Room
    Learn and play in the five activity coves and treasure-hunt walls that surround this room for kids.
  • Sketching Gallery
    Try your hand at sketching from the masters. Free paper and drawing materials are provided.
  • GettyGuide®
    Learn about art in the galleries with our interactive multimedia system. Pick up a multimedia player free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts

Always on view, the Museum's collection of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts is arranged roughly by era and the artist's nationality in galleries that span four pavilions at the Getty Center.

View of the Renaissance Art in Italy and Northern Europe gallery.
View of the Renaissance Art in Italy and Northern Europe gallery.

The North Pavilion presents paintings dating up to 1600, as well as medieval and Renaissance sculpture and decorative arts.

The East Pavilion features primarily 17th-century Baroque art, including Dutch, French, Flemish, and Spanish paintings, as well as sculpture and Italian decorative arts dating from 1600 to 1800.

The South Pavilion houses 18th-century paintings and the majority of the Museum's European decorative arts collection, complete with elaborately furnished paneled rooms, dating up to 1800.

Gallery of art of late Neoclassicism in European art and design.
Gallery of art of late Neoclassicism in European art and design.

The West Pavilion features sculpture and Italian decorative arts of the 1700s through 1900, as well as 19th-century paintings. Neoclassical, Romantic, and Symbolist sculpture and decorative arts are also on view.

Outdoor Sculpture

Contemporary and modern sculpture is featured throughout the grounds, including 28 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures installed at the Getty Center, donated by Fran and Ray Stark.

Contemporary and modern sculpture is featured throughout the grounds of the Getty Center.
Contemporary and modern sculpture is featured throughout the grounds of the Getty Center. Seen here: Gandydancer's Dream by Mark di Suvero, 1987–1988. Courtesy of Mark di Suvero and Spacetime C.C.

Martin Puryear's site-specific sculpture That Profile (1999), commissioned by the Getty, is located on the Tram Arrival Plaza. The Getty Center also features artist Robert Irwin's Central Garden, designed specifically for the Getty Center. See Gardens for more information.

Photographs, Manuscripts, and Drawings Exhibitions

These light-sensitive artworks cannot be on permanent display. Changing exhibitions allow the Museum to rotate the works, and to provide new ways of looking at and interpreting them. Drawings exhibitions are featured in the West Pavilion, manuscripts in the North Pavilion, and photographs in the 7,000-square-foot Center for Photographs in the West Pavilion.

Cotton-Mill Worker, North Carolina, 1908, Lewis Wickes Hine, gelatin silver print.
Cotton-Mill Worker, North Carolina, 1908, Lewis Wickes Hine, gelatin silver print.

Photographs Research

Researchers interested in the Museum's collection of photographs can also consult the Photographs Study Room at the Getty Center, which is open by prior appointment.

Getty Research Institute Exhibitions

The Getty Research Institute offers changing exhibitions of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, artists' notebooks, and other materials from the special collections of the Research Library related to the history of art and architecture. The gallery, located in the Research Institute building, is open the same hours as the Museum. To schedule a group tour of Research Institute exhibitions, please e-mail GRIconnect@getty.edu.

Installation from a 2008-2009 exhibition in the Getty Research Institute about Russian avant-garde poetry.
This display from a 2008–2009 exhibition in the Getty Research Institute, Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant–Garde, 1910–1917.

Premiere Exhibitions

The Exhibitions Pavilion hosts seasonal Premiere Presentations and other major exhibitions, which often involve collaboration with and loans from museums around the world, and are among the most important exhibitions of the year.

See all current exhibitions.

  • Daily Tours

    See a schedule of daily art, architecture, and garden tours.