Tag Archives: J. Paul Getty Museum


Sicily…between Greece and Rome at the Getty Villa until the 19th August

by Richard P. Townsend An unprecedented exhibition looking at ancient Sicily—the crossroads of the Mediterranean—is on view in the perfect venue, the J. Paul Getty Museum ‘s Villa in Malibu, itself a recreation of a product of Southern Italian Antiquity. Go now and see it in Los Angeles, as the turbulence that claimed a number […]


Vermeer at the Getty until the 31st March

By Richard P. Townsend Very little if anything goes on in a painting by Johannes Vermeer: perhaps a little music making, peering out of a window, chatting with a visitor. Letter writing, reading and receiving is a popular pastime in the artist’s pictures. Quietude reigns, shadows lengthen, only flute-like tones emanating from a virginal or […]


Giotto, Pacino, and the Florentine Renaissance at the Getty, opening AGO the 16th March

By Richard P. Townsend One name suffices to conjure up the glories of the Early Italian Renaissance—Giotto. The exhibition Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350, closing the 10th February at the J. Paul Getty Museum gives this towering figure of Western art and his times a thorough going over through […]

Herb Ritts and “The Cult of Celebrity” at the Getty Museum til the 26th August

There are really glamorous photographs on view at the Getty Museum right now, as it continues the excellent tradition of two simultaneous photography exhibitions, one drawn from the permanent collection and the other, a visiting loan show.  The former, Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity, is an elegant and lively overview, almost […]