10 Online Exhibits at the J.Paul Getty Museum

Updated: Jun 22


The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum comprises Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity; European art—including illuminated manuscripts, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts—from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century; and international photography from its inception to the present day.


Even if though you may not be able to enjoy walking unrestricted through this magnificent museum you still can visit 'online' a number of fantastic exhibits.



1. The Scandalous Art of James Ensor


Christs Entry into Brussels in 1889 (Getty Museum) by James Ensor

In the 1880s, the young James Ensor was an ambitious renegade. Dive into his subversive and eccentric world through the painting "Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889."


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2. Jeanne (Spring)


Spring (1881) by Édouard Manet

By the end of the 19th century, the painting now in the Getty collection had become widely known as Le Printemps, or Spring. But when artist Édouart Manet first exhibited it in the Paris Salon of 1882 - to critical acclaim - he simply entitled it, Jeanne.


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3. Japanese-American Photographs, 1920-1940



Selected from a collection of 79 photographs that was recently acquired by the Getty Museum, this online presentation of 11 prints provides a glimpse into a lesser-known part of 20th-century American art history.


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4. The Destruction of Pharoah's Host


Painting by John Martin

Executed in 1836, this large-scale watercolour is a prime example of the English Artist John Martin's (1789-1854) highly dramatic narrative compositions that feature minute figures in apocalyptic landscapes.


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5. The Borghese-Windsor


Borghese-Windsor Cabinet, now on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Explore this magnificent display furniture owned by some of Europe’s most important rulers, with its colourful hard stones, statuettes and ornaments in gilded silver and bronze, and many secret drawers.


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6. The Art of Three Faiths: Torah Bible, Qur'an


Image for the Art of Three Faiths: Torah, Bible, Qur'an (Getty)

Copies of the Torah, Christian Bible, and Qur’an are among the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, illustrated here by three remarkable examples from the Getty Museum's collections.


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7. Artists on the Move


Taddeo Leaving Home Escorted by Two Guardian Angels Federico Zuccari about 1595

In an age before mass travel, European artists from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries travelled frequently. Whether it was a short journey or a long one, a temporary visit or a permanent relocation, artists’ mobility had a considerable impact on their practice.


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8. Director's Choice: Getty Museum Acquisitions 2019


Intaglio with Bust of Demosthenes by Dioskourides (Getty)

In the space of some fifty years, the Getty Museum has become one of the world’s major collections of European art from antiquity to 1900, and of international photography up to the present day. Selected by museum director Timothy Potts, this inaugural review highlights select works added to the collection in 2019.

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9. Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits


Self Portrait by Charles-Antoine Coypel (Getty)

Pastels—dry, satiny colours, 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.

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10. Heaven, Hell and Dying Well


Top area of painting by Denise Poncher before a Vision of Death Master of the Chronique scandaleuse1500

Images of Death in the Middle Ages.


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