Saturday, January 30, 2016

Getty Museum Acquires ‘Danaë,’ a 17th-Century Work, at Sotheby’s

By Robin Pogrebin
“Danaë” (1621) by Orazio Gentileschi. Credit Sotheby's
The 17th-century painting “Danaë” by Orazio Gentileschi, a peer of Caravaggio, which set an auction record for the artist at $30.5 million in a sale on Thursday at Sotheby’s in New York, was purchased by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. The oil painting, which depicts the classical theme of Danaë and the shower of gold, was one of three paintings commissioned together in 1621. The Getty has had in its collection since 1998 another of the three, “Lot and His Daughters.”

"Lot and his Daughters" (1622) by Orazio Gentileschi