The Getty Center
Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age
July 24–October 28, 2018
In the Dutch Golden Age, a period defined by economic prosperity and political and religious freedom, the art market flourished. Praised for their artful portrayal of the world around them, Dutch artists in the seventeenth-century met the demand for luxury goods by creating vast numbers of highly finished drawings. This selection of landscapes, topographical views, portraits, and scenes of daily life showcases how drawings helped shaped the emerging national identity of the Dutch Republic.
All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court
August 28–December 2, 2018
Images of courtiers feasting at lavish tables and knights in gleaming armor are emblematic of the Renaissance courts of Europe. However, life at court was governed by many codes of conduct. The monarch affirmed his political authority through pageantry, and even leisure activities such as hunting and jousting, were subject to strict social hierarchies. This exhibition explores how the luxury arts, from illuminated manuscripts to textiles, helped construct the identities of the court elite.
Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits
August 28–October 13, 2018
Pastels—dry, satiny colors, manufactured in sticks of every hue—enjoyed a surge in popularity during the eighteenth century, becoming, for a time, the medium of choice for European portraiture. This display of pastels from the permanent collection explores the specific physical properties that made this medium so appealing to eighteenth-century portraitists and their patrons.
The Flight into Egypt: Drawings in Context
September 18–December 9, 2018
To celebrate the acquisition of Giandomenico Tiepolo’s The Punchinello Riding a Camel at the Head of a Caravan, this display showcases three drawings from the Getty Museum’s collection that reveal creative reflections of the biblical Flight into Egypt theme.
The Renaissance Nude
October 30, 2018–January 27, 2019
Inspired by a renewed interest in classical sculpture and closer study of nature, Renaissance artists made the nude body ever more vibrant, lifelike, and central to their practice. Yet, pious European Renaissance society was troubled by the nude and its new sensuality—a conflicted response echoed in the world today, where images of nudity have become ubiquitous. This exhibition, with more than 100 objects by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, and others, traces the nude’s controversial emergence and its transformative effect on European art and culture.
The Getty Villa
Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife
October 31, 2018–March 18, 2019
What did ancient Greeks believe would happen to them after they died? Organized around a monumental funerary vessel, on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at the Getty Villa, this exhibition explores depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. Beyond tales of famous wrongdoers and rulers of the dead, the works on view highlight the desire for a blessed existence after death and the ways in which individuals sought to achieve a happier afterlife..