Updated: Jun 22, 2020
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
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."
2. Jeanne (Spring)
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.
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.
4. The Destruction of Pharoah's Host
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.
5. The Borghese-Windsor
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.
6. The Art of Three Faiths: Torah Bible, Qur'an
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.
7. Artists on the Move
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.
8. Director's Choice: Getty Museum Acquisitions 2019
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.
9. Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits
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.
10. Heaven, Hell and Dying Well
Images of Death in the Middle Ages.