The J. Paul Getty Museum collections capture the vibrant artistic achievements of the Low Countries in a wide range of media. Its holdings were formed initially by J. Paul Getty (1892–1976), who enthusiastically collected paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, and were considerably augmented after 1982 through acquisitions and gifts. The Department of Manuscripts, established in 1983 with the Ludwig collection, holds the finest collection of Flemish manuscripts in the United States, featuring masterworks of both religious and secular illumination by the likes of Marmion, the Master of James IV of Scotland, Bening, and Van Lathem, among others. Dutch and Flemish drawings from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries are a small, but esteemed part of the Getty’s collection. The eleven drawings by Rembrandt and nine by Rubens give our collection great depth and variety. Remarkable bronzes by Tetrode and De Vries, along with late-medieval Renaissance stained glass, are among the highlights of the Sculpture and Decorative Arts display. Early Netherlandish, Flemish and Dutch paintings form a noteworthy quadrant of the paintings collection, distinguished by important individual works, such as Dieric Bouts’s Annunciation (1450-55), as well as its strength in paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Steen, Ruisdael, and particularly paintings from Rembrandt’s early career (ca. 1628-1634).
Anne Woollett, Curator (January 2020)