The J. Paul Getty Museum is the proud custodian of many paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other works of art from Italy, whose artists and craftsmen have contributed as much as any to the world’s artistic heritage. To tour the Museum at the Getty Villa or the Getty Center is therefore to come face-to-face with masterpieces of Italian art that reflect many of the highest achievements of European visual culture.
From paintings by Fra Bartolomeo, Titian, and Tiepolo to sculptures by Bernini, Cipriani, and Canova, our galleries at the Getty Center are replete with works by Italian masters dating from the fourteenth to the dawn of the twentieth century. At the Getty Villa, itself a re-creation of a first-century Roman Villa, the entire Museum is an educational center for the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Etruria, and Rome. Among the more than twelve hundred objects on view are many ancient Italian masterpieces that can be enjoyed for their beauty while also telling the story of the rise and fall of ancient cultures.
The Getty Museum has long enjoyed a fruitful relationship with our colleagues in Italy. Over recent years, this has resulted in a number of spectacular exhibitions, conservation projects, scholarly research, and publications. Together, Italy and the Getty have made many significant contributions to art scholarship and education that are recognized around the world.
As part of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura’s initiative to unite the museums of Los Angeles in a celebration of Italy’s artistic legacy, the Getty hopes to remind visitors of the important role Italy has played in our artistic heritage and the potential it has to inspire and delight future generations.
Director, J. Paul Getty Museum