The Miracle of the Quails, executed in 1554, is among the artist’s largest and most ambitious works. It was previously in a private collection and had rarely been seen by scholars and has never been on public display. It was acquired by the Getty from New York dealership OMP Fine Art. When asked about the purchase price, a spokesperson of the museu...

The J. Paul Getty Museum presents “Paolo Veneziano: Art & Devotion in 14th-Century Venice,” through Oct. 3, at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. For information, go online to www.getty.edu. Paolo Veneziano lived in 14th-century Venice, a time when the Bubonic Plague, the so-called “Black Death,” decimated one-third of the European population. During...

Italy’s senate passed a resolution last week which politicians claim will ultimately strengthen the government’s hand when battling complex restitution cases. Using the announcement as a platform, Massimo Seri, the mayor of Fano, renewed calls for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to return the “Victorious Youth” (aka the “Atleta di Fano”), the 300-1...

July 13 - October 3 - Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. North Pavilion, Plaza Level. Get here free tickets to the Getty Center. Paolo Veneziano led the premier painter’s workshop in late medieval Venice, producing work ranging from large complex altarpieces to small paintings intended for personal devotion. This focused...

Lysippus modelled Alexander’s daring and his whole form. How great is the power of this bronze! The brazen king seems to be gazing at Zeus and about to say: “I set Earth under my feet; thyself, Zeus, possess Olympus.” — An epigramby Asclepiades As I sit down to write, I realise that this piece can go in different directions: three at least. One, it...

February 25–June 7, 2020, Getty Center - 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Michelangelo was one of the most creative and influential artists in the history of Western art. This exhibition explores the full range of his work as a painter, sculptor, and architect through more than two dozen of his extraordinary drawings, including desig...

The Annunciation by Giovanni di Balduccio is a pair of finely carved marble sculptures depicting the moment that the archangel Gabriel announces to Mary at Nazareth that she will become the mother of Jesus Christ. The two separate figures stand in relationship to each other. Gabriel, slightly smaller than Mary, looks at her with his head turned sli...

Statua del Lisippo, via alla petizione e alla raccolta firme per riaverlo. A dicembre la Cassazione ha rigettato anche l’ultimo ricorso del Getty Museum. Dunque via libera alla rogatoria internazionale per riavere la statua greca in Italia. Resta valido il provvedimento del giudice Gasparini che ordina la confisca «della statua denominata L’Atleta...

The Getty said Thursday that it had acquired Italian masterpieces — a religious painting by Renaissance master Agnolo Bronzino and a pair of Gothic marble sculptures by Giovanni di Balduccio — that rank among the “greatest works” in the museum’s collection. The painting, “Virgin and Child With Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist” (1540-1545)...

Although he was among the most renowned Italian painters of the late fifteenth century, Ercole de’ Roberti almost slipped through the cracks of history. Within a hundred years of his death, historians had muddled even the basic details of his life, and over the next three centuries all but two of his surviving works were attributed to different art...