Friday, June 01, 2007

Oudry's Painted Menagerie

Oudry's Painted Menagerie at the J. Paul Getty Museum. "...This exhibition is the result of an international collaboration of conservators, curators, and art historians. The project was born in Schwerin, Germany, in 2001, upon the reemergence of two enormous canvases by French artist Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686–1755) - one depicting a lion, the other a rhinoceros. These paintings, not seen in public for more than 150 years, have been treated in the Getty Museum's Conservation Department over the past several years. Oudry's Painted Menagerie reunites them with a suite of other life-size portraits of exotic animals painted by Oudry and presents a selection of Oudry's drawings as well as contemporary decorative arts."


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