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Oudry's Painted Menagerie: Portraits of Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century France by Mary Morton

This beautiful volume—published to coincide with an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum to be held from May 1 to September 2, 2007—is the first to focus on the series of life-size portraits painted by the eighteenth-century artist Jean-Baptiste Oudry of the animals in Louis XV's royal menagerie at Versailles. A tiger, a lion, a leopard, and, most impressive of all, the famous rhinoceros known as Clara joined a group of other exotic animals in Oudry's "painted menagerie," which was purchased in 1750 by his German patron, the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
The book's insightful essays situate this suite of paintings within the context of Oudry's career; discuss Oudry's remarkable drawings of animals; and present a fascinating history of menageries and of the phenomenon known as "Claramania"—when the real rhinoceros, Clara, traveled through Europe and caused a public sensation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892368891
Publisher: Getty Publications
Publication date: 06/08/2007
Series: Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mary Morton is curator and head of the Department of French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art.

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