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September 14, 1989 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
The J. Paul Getty Museum--a wealthy institution that often makes news by buying artworks no one else can afford--will sell 15 paintings from its collection in November at Sotheby's London. The auction is expected to total between $13 million and $18 million in sales, including a Paul Gauguin landscape valued at $6 million to $8 million. Six Getty works will be offered in a Nov. 21-22 sale of 19th-Century art; the remaining nine will go on the block on Nov. 28 in an Impressionist auction.
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August 3, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The J. Paul Getty Museumis having a Vienna moment, with two historical exhibitions of work by two artists whose profiles have gone from relatively obscure to popular favorite only in recent decades. Partly that's because of their eccentricity: It hasn't always been easy to know quite how they fit into established art historical narratives. Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-83) was an accomplished German Baroque sculptor who, when he moved from Bavaria to Austria, set aside expressive drama for the newly fashionable revival of sober classicism sweeping Europe.
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November 14, 2004 | Suzanne Muchnic
Do you long to take pictures that would end up in the photography galleries of the J. Paul Getty Museum? Dream on. But if you'll settle for a Getty exhibition in cyberspace, there's hope. In conjunction with the museum's current show -- "Close to Home: An American Album," an exploration of the artistic and social value of humble snapshots -- the museum has invited amateur photographers to submit their work for possible inclusion in a display of family pictures on the Web.
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February 9, 2012 | By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
When Robert E. Hecht Jr. arrived at the loading platform of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the fall of 1972, he was carrying a large wooden box and was escorted by an armed guard. Inside the box was perhaps the finest Greek vase to survive antiquity, a masterpiece that would soon be making headlines around the world. The Met had agreed to pay a record $1 million for the ancient work. Hecht said it had been in the private collection of a certain Lebanese gentleman.
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January 25, 2005 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
A lengthy tug of war between the J. Paul Getty Museum and a British arts institution has resulted in a win for England: The medieval Macclesfield Psalter, a rare illustrated manuscript of psalms that the Getty purchased last June for a reported $3.2 million, will remain in Britain.
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September 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two ancient Greek artifacts that officials said had been smuggled out of the country came home Thursday as part of an agreement with the J. Paul Getty Museum. A 2,400-year-old, black limestone stele and a marble votive relief dating from about 490 BC went on display at Athens' National Archaeological Museum only hours after being flown in from L.A.
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September 1, 1996
The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired what officials said was one of the finest privately owned illuminated manuscripts by an artist from the 14th century. "The Fates of Illustrious Men and Women" by Giovanni Boccaccio, illustrated by the so-called Boucicaut Master, includes painted miniatures in jewel-like colors and features tales of rulers and heroes such as Julius Caesar, Samson and Cleopatra. Boccaccio was one of the earliest writers in the Italian language.
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January 5, 1994 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David A. Jaffe, a former curator of European art at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, has been named curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Jaffe will succeed George R. Goldner, who resigned last October to head the departments of drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Jaffe, 40, is a scholar of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art who has specialized in the work of 17th-Century Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens.
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December 15, 2006 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
The J. Paul Getty Museum is having what amounts to a garage sale -- only theirs is expected to bring in as much as $2 million. Through Sotheby's auction house, the Getty plans to dispose of 39 paintings, mainly 17th century Dutch and Flemish works that Scott Schaefer, curator of paintings, said were acquired by J. Paul Getty to hang at his homes.
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December 1, 2001 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired a rare collaborative work by Flemish masters Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder in honor of the museum's retired director. The acquisition, to be announced on Monday, is titled "The Return From War: Mars Disarmed by Venus." An allegory of peace, painted around 1610 to 1612, it depicts the nude Roman goddess of love divesting the god of war of his armor.
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November 28, 2010 | By Suzanne Muchnic, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The concept of history in the Middle Ages was not what it is today, as visitors to the J. Paul Getty Museum's new exhibition of manuscripts will see. In an eye-popping image from "Romance of Alexander," a book made in the 1290s, an unknown artist illustrated a yarn about Alexander the Great making an underwater expedition. Enthroned in a glass diving bell, below a whale that gobbles up much of the pictorial space, the regal explorer calmly observes a colony of nude people, earthly beasts and fruit trees living at the bottom of the sea. "The artist really had fun with this," says Getty curator Elizabeth Morrison, who organized the exhibition with Anne D. Hedeman, an art history professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana- Champaign.
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August 23, 2009 | Catherine Ho
When it came to transforming a 1940s bungalow into a glamorous Hollywood Hills residence, the Leighs made it a family affair. Garrison Leigh, along with his wife, Patrice, and sons Zachary and Aaron, who all run the real estate development and design firm Good Form, teamed up to develop and design the home -- but not without occasional differences of opinion. Garrison jokes that he got an earful from his sons after he made an executive decision to acid-wash the vein-cut travertine tile on the first floor.
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February 2, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The J. Paul Getty Museum is preparing for perhaps the most complete exhibit of Bernini busts ever displayed outside Italy, a benefit of settling its dispute over allegedly looted antiquities. The exhibit at one time was at risk, but a recent settlement between Italy and the Getty ensured that it would go on display. Among the gems is a bust of Costanza Bonarelli, the beautiful wife of one of Bernini's assistants who became part of a possibly violent love quadrangle.
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December 18, 2007 | Livia Borghese and Jason Felch, Special to The Times
Italian authorities Monday triumphantly unveiled an exhibition of dozens of ancient artworks returned by American museums in recent months, the symbolic conclusion of their decade-long campaign to repatriate objects looted from Italian soil. The 68 antiquities on display at the Quirinale Palace include some of the most prized sculptures and vases purchased by the J.
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December 9, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic
The winter holidays bring a rush of opportunities for getting and spending, but with luck they also offer up pockets of time for experiences that go beyond pure commerce. Should your rituals include "the trip to the museum" with visiting friends and relatives, these recommendations will lead you to small gems -- selected for their stories, their surprises and their virtuosity -- tucked into permanent collections and exhibitions now on view.
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November 20, 2007 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
An Italian judge Monday rejected the request of a local cultural group to seize an ancient bronze from the J. Paul Getty Museum, further increasing the chances that the prized statue will stay in Los Angeles. The Getty Bronze, a 4th century BC statue of a young athlete, has been fought over since Italian fishermen discovered it in international waters in 1964.
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August 18, 1988 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
The J. Paul Getty Museum has concluded that a marble head of Achilles, once counted among the institution's prime antiquities, is a fake. Scholars originally attributed the massive head to Skopas, a major Greek sculptor and architect. The piece, dated 350-340 BC, was thought to have been part of a pediment depicting a scene from the Trojan War at the ancient site of Tegea, where Skopas built a temple to Athena Alea.
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March 21, 1992 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
The J. Paul Getty Museum plans to sell 31 Italian Old Master paintings from its collection May 21 at Christie's New York. The auction is expected to yield $1.8 million to $2.6 million. Paris Bordone's "Portrait of a Courtesan," a 16th-Century oil estimated at $200,000-$300,000, is the most highly valued work in the sale.
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November 16, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
She hasn't been seen in public since the early 1970s, but she hasn't aged a day: The J. Paul Getty Museum has secured the long-term loan of Rembrandt's "Portrait of a Girl Wearing a Gold-Trimmed Cloak" from a New York private collection. It will display the 1632 painting of the richly dressed, unknown woman Tuesday through 2008 at the Getty Center museum's East Pavilion painting galleries, near the artist's work "The Abduction of Europa."
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September 26, 2007 | Jason Felch and Livia Borghese, Special to The Times
ROME -- Italy will drop its civil charges against former J. Paul Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True, now on trial here for allegedly trafficking in looted art, Italian authorities announced Tuesday. The announcement came after a subdued ceremony in Rome's Ministry of Culture, where Getty officials confirmed their August pledge to return 40 of the 46 ancient artworks that Italy has claimed were looted and smuggled out of the country before being purchased by the Getty.
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