The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is very pleased to participate in this survey of Italian works in Southern California collections. We are remarkably well-positioned to participate with works spanning time over four millennia, from the early Etruscan period to the 21st century. LACMA holds substantial strength in Italian old master paintings covering almost every school of the peninsula, from Genoa to Naples, from Venice to Rome, Florence and Milan. It includes, among many others one of two paintings by Rosso Fiorentino in America, works by Titian, Veronese, Correggio, Vasari, Guido Reni, Pietro da Cortona, and Carlo Saraceni, an impressive group of 18th century Venetian works featuring Canaletto, both Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Sebastiano Ricci, Gaspare Diziani, and Pietro Longhi. The Grand Tour and early-neoclassicism are well represented, in the sumptuous Portrait of Sir Wyndham Knatchbull-Wyndham by Pompeo Batoni. The central role played by Italy in European culture is also represented in numerous French, English and German works executed in Italy, often during the formative years of the artists.
Rich holdings are also to be found in LACMA’s collection of works on paper, with important examples such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s A Fallen Angel, Ugo da Carpi’s magnificent chiaroscuro woodcut Diogenes (after Parmigianino), and The Head of an Apostle by Benedetto Luti.
Extending into the 20th and 21st centuries LACMA highlights include Amedeo Modigliani’s Young Woman of the People and Reverie (Study for the Portrait of Frank Burty Haviland). Works of art from a more contemporary era include Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Persona Che Guarde, a collage on stainless steel, a striking Mappa by Arte Povera artist Alighiero Boetti, Mimmo Paladino Sonata, a steel, wax and tar composition by Jannis Kounellis, and several intriguing works by Maurizio Cattelan.
CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director
Los Angeles County Museum of Art