October 28, 1994 |
A British court on Thursday rejected a key legal maneuver by the Getty Museum to win possession of "The Three Graces" by Italian sculptor Antonio Canova. The Los Angeles museum had challenged a decision by Stephen Dorrell, national heritage secretary, giving local donors more time to raise money to buy the statue and keep it in Britain.
August 17, 1996 |
ART Getty Beats Getty--Again: For the second time, American billionaire John Paul Getty II has helped stop Malibu's J. Paul Getty Museum from acquiring a masterpiece from Britain, which has rigid controls on the export of works of art. This time, the son of the museum's late founder donated $155,000 to the Scottish National Gallery, helping it to buy the $3.1-million Guercino masterpiece "Erminia Finding the Wounded Tancred." The Getty had agreed six months ago to buy the Guercino for $5.
April 18, 1997 |
The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired an important 17th century landscape painting by the pivotal French classicist Nicolas Poussin from a private collection in Great Britain. "Landscape With Calm," from 1650, is one of a pair of pictures in which the artist poetically interpreted the relationship between nature and civilization. The price for the painting was not disclosed. A knowledgeable source said Thursday that the museum paid about $26 million.
April 19, 1997 |
Once again the British art world is lamenting the probable loss of a national artistic treasure to those rich Yankees from Los Angeles. This time it's a landscape by 17th century French painter Nicolas Poussin, sold by Britain's richest, most eligible bachelor to the J. Paul Getty Museum for a whopping $26 million. The painting is called "Temps Calme" (Landscape With Calm), but there was nothing sedate about the reaction of British art experts Friday.