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The Getty Launches New Web Site

Enhanced Resources on Include Online Reservations, Streaming Media, and High-Powered Search Engine

February 20, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The newly redesigned Web site of the J. Paul Getty Trust goes live today on the World Wide Web. aims to extend the reach of all the Getty's programs by serving a broad audience of museum-goers, professionals, and members of the general public interested in art, education, conservation, scholarship, and philanthropy. The new Web site features expanded content and streaming media including over 200 video clips related to artists, conservation, special exhibitions, and works in the permanent collection. The redesign incorporates bold colors and graphics and completely new navigational tools.

"Our online visitors will now experience a more vibrant and seamless view of the whole Getty and its deep online resources," says Kenneth Hamma, project director for and assistant director for collections information in the Museum. "In the same way that the creation of the Getty Center united all of our programs in one physical location, the redesign of the Getty Web site creates a new home in cyberspace for the wide-ranging resources of the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and the Grant Program. And it's an open house-we've streamlined access to our very rich content, making virtual visits to the Getty more exciting and informative than ever."

Content Deeper and More Accessible
In addition to a library catalogue of 800,000 volumes and other online research tools, the new Web site offers users nearly 54,000 pages related to works of art and professional reports in conservation and art history. The site is organized to provide quick and direct access to all of these resources for all audiences. And if a user is not sure exactly where to look for specific information on, the newly developed site-wide search engine will help.

Among the features on's homepage, "Explore Art" provides images and information on the Getty's art collections and exhibitions. It can take visitors quickly to the art or artist they're looking for, but also allows them to link up to a vast matrix of additional information about artists, subject matter, conservation methods, or manufacturing techniques, as well as interviews with curators and conservators. In addition to over 200 video clips, "Explore Art" includes 3,300 works of art, 1,500 artist biographies, and 1,500 glossary definitions.

"Visitor Guide" features an interactive event calendar, tips on planning a visit, and basic visitor information in Spanish. And for the first time, Getty visitors can make reservations for events, parking, and the Getty Restaurant via email using the new online reservations system.

"About Us" provides regular users access to professional resources such as research databases, conservation lab and field reports, grant information and applications, and a large suite of research tools available through the Getty's four major programs. Visitors can also purchase Getty publications online at the "Bookstore," find out about news from the Getty such as new acquisition announcements, and explore volunteer and employment opportunities at the Getty.

The Getty's online resources are as diverse as the visitors who use them. serves the graduate student investigating works of art and other scholars' research for an art history dissertation in decorative arts; the conservation professional in Latin America researching seismic stabilization methods to protect a historic building; and the primary school teacher who wants to learn about the Getty before bringing a third grade class to visit. The site will also appeal to members of the general public who may know little about art but simply enjoy browsing the Internet for engaging ideas and images.

Design Team
The Getty's Web team, led by Vicki Porter and Nik Honeysett, has been developing the new design over the past year, working with staff across the Getty to better support the Trust's multifaceted mission.

"This new design was created specifically for our online audience of both general visitors and professionals," says manager of Web production Vicki Porter. "Packed with high-quality videos, news, and stories that will be constantly updated, the Web site will help make the Getty's extensive resources more attractive and accessible to a global audience of all ages and backgrounds."

Currently featured on the home page of are the landmark international traveling exhibition Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937, and the new acquisition, Portrait of John, Lord Mountstuart (1763), one of the largest pastels ever created by the popular 18th-century artist Jean-Étienne Liotard. Other pages are enlivened by dramatic views of the Getty campus, works of art from the collection, and illustrations from the children's book Going to the Getty, by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Siebold.

Note: Access the Getty's new Web site at Or find highlights of the new site in our feature story.

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About the Getty:

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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