In 2007 LACMA acquired a group of six paintings by the Mexican painter Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz. When LACMA acquired the works they were covered with a yellow varnish layer that obscured the contrast and tonality of the original colors and flattened the perspective. Once removed, the illusion of space and depth returned, revealing the work of a thoughtful and highly skilled artist. This video documents the process of conserving Morlete's pictures.
This virtual reconstruction, realized by two German architects, Kourosh Afhami and Wolfgang Gambke, is based on the documentation obtained from the archaeological excavations at the site, especially from the work of the architect Friedrich Krefter, who produced a wealth of reconstruction drawings and two scale models of the great terraces of the Achaemenid palaces, including the great entrance vestibules and interiors. The present reconstruction makes it possible to see LACMA's two fragments in their original context, decorating the outer face of the monumental staircases at Persepolis.
This video was made possible by funds provided by the Farhang Foundation, the Art of the Middle East Council, and Karl Loring.
The Los Angeles times asked the experts to name the greatest works from the permanent collections of Los Angeles museums. Eleven of LACMA’s permanently held artworks made the Times list. In era, subject, and form they are profoundly varied, ranging from ancient sandstone dryads to Georges de La Tour's seventeenth-century The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame to Vija Celmins’ monumental enamel-on-wood comb of 1970.