Considered the greatest wildlife painter and among
the foremost court painters of his day in France
and Germany, Jean-Baptiste Oudry's 18th century
animal paintings brings back to life the magnificent
menagerie of Louis XV and other exotic animals
of the era. The works, which belong to the
Staatliches Museum Schwerin in Germany were
painted in the mid-1700s.
The stars of the show are the French painter's
life-sized portraits of Clara - a famous Indian
rhinoceros who, in her day, amassed a large
following throughout Europe; Lion and Tiger.
Both are the largest works in the collection. These
and many of the larger works in the collection have
recently undergone extensive restoration work
for the first time in 150 years, as part of a rescue
operation undertaken by the conservation team
at LA's Getty Museum. In October the menagerie
moves on to Houston as a final stop before
bedding down once again in their natural habitat,
the Staatliches Museum.

May 1 trough September 2, 2007
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California 90049
T: +1 310 440 7300