Especially renowned for its representation of Italian baroque painting and Dutch painting from the Golden Age, our European painting collection comprises works ranging from the twelfth to the early twentieth century and surveying all major styles, from medieval Gothic to impressionism. Among the many masterpieces are Georges de La Tour’s Magdalen with the Smoking Flame (c.1638–40), Rembrandt van Rijn’s Raising of Lazarus (c.1630), Edgar Degas’s The Bellelli Sisters (1862–64), and Paul Cézanne’s Sous-Bois (1894).
Georges de la Tour
The Magnificent Eleven
Does the focus on blockbuster temporary exhibitions cause us to miss treasures found in our own permanent collections? The Los Angeles Times posed this very question to a dozen curators and art specialists who then composed a list of the best museum pieces throughout the region. Eleven artworks were chosen from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Profoundly varied, pieces range from the ancient to the contemporary. We call them the Magnificent Eleven.
Executed in 1814, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Grande Odalisque at the Louvre has long been recognized as a landmark not only in the oeuvre of the artist but also in the development of the reclining nude as a topic of European art, a theme that stretches from antique models to Titian and Goya and later to Manet, Matisse, and Picasso…
On view now in our European galleries are two life-size allegorical figure statues, Wealth and Prudence, by the late Florentine Baroque master, Giovanni Baratta (1640–1747)—just acquired through the largess of The Ahmanson Foundation. The rediscovery of these sculptures has been recognized as a major contribution to the study of early eighteenth-century Florentine art...