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Landscape in the Renaissance at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Center, August 1 - October 15, 2006

July 26, 2006

LOS ANGELES—The Renaissance saw the re-emergence of awareness of the natural world, and with it a desire to describe its character and evoke its qualities. Motifs observed in nature ranged from a single flower or tree to a distant horizon, and encompassed elements such as rain, atmosphere, and the play of light across a surface. Landscape in the Renaissance, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Center, August 1 – October 15, 2006, showcases the rapid and exciting development of landscape settings in the art of the Renaissance, particularly through examples of the Getty Museum's outstanding collection of illuminated manuscripts of this period.

The exhibition features 23 manuscripts from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, a book from the collections of the Getty Research Institute, and paintings from both the Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, each of which illustrates a different aspect in the representation of landscape.

Towards the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance, a more naturalistic style of landscape painting emerged. The use of color and scale to create the illusion of vast spaces, even within the modest dimensions of illuminated books, is shown to great effect in this exhibition. Throughout much of the Middle Ages artists focused on narrative, emphasizing figures at the expense of setting. During the latter part of the Middle Ages, beginning in the late 1300s, artists took a new interest in the observation of nature, and the poetic character of natural surroundings.

Landscape emerged as a category of European painting during the Renaissance, and manuscript illuminators were among the most sophisticated explorers of these themes. This exhibition looks at the prominent aspects of nature, both tamed and untamed, that captivated manuscript illuminators during the Renaissance - the garden, water, light, depth, and atmosphere, and the bird's-eye view.

Landscape in the Renaissance is curated by Thomas Kren, curator, Department of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum.

All events are free unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call 310-440-7300 or visit Tickets are available on-site or by phone.

Curator's Gallery Talks
Thomas Kren, curator, Department of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.
Wednesdays, September 13, 2:30 p.m., and October 4, 1:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries, Getty Center

Plaisance: Aristocratic Landscapes of the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance
Through an in-depth interpretation of sites, images, and texts, William Tronzo, visiting professor of visual arts at the University of California, San Diego, explores some of the most important creations of the landscape arts of the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Wednesday, September 27, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall, Getty Center

The Rise of Landscape in Renaissance Art
Explore the rise of landscape as a subject for art in late medieval and Renaissance Europe with educators from the Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Part 1 focuses on the exhibition Landscape in the Renaissance at the Getty Center.  Part 2, at LACMA, examines the museum’s vast collection of paintings from the 14th through the 17th centuries. Course fee $30. Open to 40 participants.
Part 1: Thursday, September 21, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum Galleries, Getty Center
Part 2: Thursday, September 28, 3:00-5:00 p.m., LACMA

Explore highlights of this exhibition and the Museum's collection on our Web site.

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Miranda Carroll
Getty Communications Dept.

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