Nicholas Penny: How the Getty spends its money, 4 January 2007
Show More Guide to the Getty Villa by Kenneth Lapatin et al.
Getty, 131 pp., £8.50, June 2006, 0 89236 828 4Show More
History of the Art of Antiquity by Johann Joachim Winckelmann, translated by Harry FrancisMallgrave.
Getty, 431 pp., £45, March 2006, 0 89236 668 0Show More
The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing by T.J. Clark.
Yale, 260 pp., £20, August 2006, 0 300 11726 4Show More
“... Like many other plutocrats who are now remembered as great collectors, J. Paul Getty began acquiring works of art in a serious way when he began to die – that is to say, in his forties (he was born in 1892), which is when most of us start thinking up ways of not thinking about mortality. He bought glamorous pieces of French furniture and decorative art, a field in which it is relatively easy to buy reliable advice ...”