The Getty Center recently made one of the most spectacular acquisitions in its history, purchasing a collection of 16 drawings from a private collector. The group features exceptional sheets by many of the most celebrated draftsmen in European art history, including Michelangelo, Andrea del Sarto, Domenico Tiepolo, Goya and Degas. On view from Jan. 17 to April 22, Michelangelo to Degas: Major New Acquisitions presents the drawings together with an exquisite painting by Antoine Watteau, La Surprise, acquired from the same celebrated collection.
A Queen's Treasure from Versailles (Jan. 23, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019) brings to the Getty precious examples of Japanese lacquer from the personal collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette (1755–1793). Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest assembled in Europe, and she considered them to be among her most cherished possessions.
One of the most intriguing series in Rembrandt's oeuvre comprises his drawings made in the style of artists serving the Mughal court in India. Juxtaposing Rembrandt's depictions of Mughal rulers and courtiers with Indian paintings and drawings of similar compositions, Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India (March 13 - June 24) reveals how contact with Mughal art inspired Rembrandt to draw in an entirely different, refined style prompted by his curiosity for a foreign culture.
Egypt, the most ancient of the Mediterranean civilizations, held a great fascination for the Greeks and Romans. Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World (March 27 - Sept. 9) is a major international loan exhibition that explores the artistic interplay between these cultures from the Bronze Age to Roman times (2000 BC–AD 300).
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011 (June 26 - Oct. 21) surveys the rich and varied history of modern fashion photography, exploring the ways in which photographers whose careers have been closely associated with the industry have shaped evolving notions of style and beauty. Drawn from the Getty's permanent collection and supplemented by loans from private and public sources, Icons of Style features more than 200 photographs presented alongside a selection of costumes, illustrations, magazine covers, videos, and advertisements.