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April 18, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
A medieval gilt-copper and enamel relief of Christ, thought to have come from a Spanish cathedral, and a 19th century portrait of a lady in her pink velvet dressing gown by French artist James Jacques Joseph Tissot have joined the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The new acquisitions -- purchased privately for undisclosed sums in an ongoing effort to build the relatively young institution's art holdings -- will go on view in May at the Getty Center in Brentwood.
March 9, 2007 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
While reaffirming that it still intends to transfer ownership of one of its most prized artifacts, a statue of the goddess Aphrodite, to Italy, the J. Paul Getty Museum says it will convene a panel of scholars in two months to plan scientific detective work needed to settle unanswered questions concerning the piece, which the Italian government claims as a looted antiquity.
February 22, 2007 | Kathy Bryant, Special to The Times
AS an executive producer for the "Matrix" trilogy, "Mystic River" and "Happy Feet," which is up for an Academy Award on Sunday for best animated feature, Bruce Berman may live in the world of motion pictures, but it's photography that has been his passion since he was a teenager. Berman pursued it until his third year in college, taking road trips and photographing scenes of 20th century Americana. "I didn't think I could make a living at photography," Berman says.
January 23, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic
A new face will appear at the J. Paul Getty Museum today. "Portrait of Robert Cheseman" -- a painting of a falconer by Hans Holbein the Younger, a highly revered German artist who made his reputation as a portrait painter in England during the Reformation -- has been lent to the museum through April 23 by the Mauritshuis in the Hague, Netherlands. Holbein painted Cheseman, thought to have been falconer to King Henry VIII, with a large hunting bird during the artist's 1532-43 sojourn in England.
January 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
GREECE Greek authorities ordered Marion True, former antiquities curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, to post about $19,000 bail, two sources familiar with the case confirmed. True's appearance Wednesday before a Greek magistrate and prosecutors, first reported by the New York Times, was the latest step toward a criminal trial on charges that the former curator conspired to buy an ancient golden funerary wreath that Greek authorities say was illegally excavated.
December 19, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds
The Getty Museum has hired David Bomfort as associate director for collections, filling a key leadership post with a senior restorer of paintings who has been at the National Gallery in London since 1968. Bomfort, who begins April 23, will oversee the museum's collections development, care and installation, supervising six curatorial departments, four conservation departments and the registrar's office. He was a visiting scholar at the Getty in 2005. * Christopher Reynolds
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.
December 11, 2006 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
The J. Paul Getty Museum plans to announce today the return of two prized ancient masterpieces to Greece, which has maintained for a decade that they were illegally removed from the country, according to two sources familiar with recent negotiations. The objects are a rare funerary wreath and a marble statue of a woman, both dating to about 400 BC. The Getty bought both objects in 1993 for a total of $4.45 million.
November 28, 2006 | Michael Brand, MICHAEL BRAND is the director of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
I am saddened that talks between the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Italian government over Italy's claim to objects in the museum's antiquities collection have broken down. I want to make it clear that the Getty remains open to resuming those discussions. When I became director at the museum last December, I made it a priority to resolve claims not only of Italy but of the Greek government.
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