The J. Paul Getty Museum and Its Collections: A Museum for the New Century / Edition 1

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In December 1997 the J. Paul Getty Museum will open its new home in the spectacular Getty Center, designed by the renowned architect Richard Meier, and dramatically sited in the Santa Monica Mountains above Los Angeles. This will constitute the third home for the Getty Museum collections, which were first displayed in J. Paul Getty's ranch house in Malibu and later were housed in the splendid reconstruction of an ancient Roman villa that Getty had built on the grounds of his Malibu estate.

This book contains a lively text by the Director and Associate Director of the Museum along with archival and recently commissioned photographs to provide a biography of the Museum's benefactor. In addition, the book presents a history of the buildings that have housed his collections and of the collections themselves--first formed by Getty in his lifetime and greatly expanded following his generous and much-heralded bequest.

Provides a biography of Getty along with a history of his museum.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The vast resources of the J. Paul Getty Museumheir to its namesake's oil fortune, and with an endowment exceeding $3 billion the world's richest museumhave rapidly propelled what was once a modest collection into what will be one of the nation's best when the multipurpose Getty Center opens this month. Congruent with this milestone, the museum has published an attractive book, half a history of the young institution and half a guide to its quickly growing collections. In recent years, the museum has concentrated on buying large existing collections. This book showcases some of these big-ticket purchases of ancient sculpture and photography, as well as paintings (by van Gogh, Degas, and Renoir) that came with multimillion-dollar price tags in the notoriously inflated art market of the 1980s. Director Walsh and Chief Curator Gribbon contribute short, lively essays describing their collections and programs, but the bulk of the pages are given to artworks reproduced in large, beautiful illustrations. A major new title; for all collections. [For an account of building the new Getty Museum, see Richard Meier's Building the Getty, reviewed on p. 98.Ed.]Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Introduction 7
I Getty's Career and Fortune 11
II Getty's Collection 21
III The House-museum in Malibu 29
IV The Roman Villa 41
V The Getty Museum in a New Era 67
VI The Getty Museum at the Getty Center 81
VII The Villa in the Twenty-First Century 99
VIII The Getty Museum's Collections 105
Afterword 271
App. 1 The Programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust 273
App. 2 Trustees and Senior Staff 275
Index 281
Photograph Credits 289
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