J. Paul Getty Museum Collection

Paulus Potter, The "Piebald" Horse, ca. 1650 – 1654. The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center

Artstor and the J. Paul Getty Museum are collaborating to share approximately 10,500 images of artworks from the Getty's Open Content Program in the Digital Library.

The Getty's Open Content Programmakes available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain; the images to be released in the Digital Library come from the Museum and from the Getty Research Institute's permanent collections.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collection in Artstor includes European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, and sculpture and decorative arts; European and American photographs; Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities; artists' sketchbooks, drawings, and watercolors; rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century, 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks, and early photographs of the Middle East and Asia.

The J. Paul Getty Museum has two locations, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Getty Villa in Malibu. Located in a hilltop campus designed by Richard Meier, the Getty Center comprises the museum, as well as the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute. At this location, the museum showcases its European drawings, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts, as well as American and European photographs from the 19th century to the present. The museum's collection of paintings began as J. Paul Getty's private collection in the 1930s and has grown to encompass 450 paintings from 1300-1900, with areas of particular strength in Northern Italian Renaissance, Baroque painting from Italy and Flanders, Dutch painting of the 17th century, and French painting of the 18th and 19th centuries. Selections from the museum's collection are represented in Artstor with 415 images, focusing on the paintings collection. The collection will also be available as high-resolution downloads for academic publishing; for more information, please see Images for Academic Publishing.

The Getty Villa in Malibu was the original location of the museum, which Getty established in his personal residence in 1954. In the 1970s, Getty worked with the architectural firm of Langdon and Wilson, as well as the architectural consultant Norman Neuerburg, to transform the site into a Roman-style villa, modeled after the 1st century A.D. Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy. After the Getty Center opened in 1997, the Getty Villa was renovated and then reopened in 2006 as a museum and educational center dedicated to the art and culture of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. As such, the villa houses the museum's collection of approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan objects, of which over 1,200 are on display.