Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Now at the Getty Center - Printing in the Grand Manner
Prints made in France under the patronage of Louis XIV are being showcased at the Getty until 10/17/2010.
The works in this exhibition reproduce Le Brun's designs for paintings and tapestries in the Grand Manner, the genre in which a heroic protagonist engages in a morally significant action—a battle to be won, a victory to be celebrated, or a vice to be avoided. Le Brun oversaw the production of these unusually large engravings and etchings, some of which are almost two meters wide and composed of multiple printing plates. By disseminating these subjects in printed form, Le Brun presented to collectors and artists his mastery of the most complex type of art. The quality and size of these prints, in turn, allowed Le Brun to demonstrate his authority over the fine arts in France.
Address: 1200 Getty Center Drive, LA, CA - 310/440-7300
Free Admission (but parking is costly - take the Metro Rail instead).