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Exhibition August 28, 2018 − October 13, 2019

Pastel portraits of the eighteenth century

The Getty Museum presents an exhibitionPastel portraits of the eighteenth century"


Pastels — dry, satin colors, made in a palette of all shades — were popular in the eighteenth century and for some time became the medium of choice for European portraiture. In contrast to oil paints, which required painstaking studio procedures, long work and drying time, pastels were portable and allowed to perform them quickly - in fact, a chance to “paint” the picture.

This exposition of pastels, taken mainly from the permanent collection, explores the specific physical properties that made this medium so attractive to eighteenth-century portrait painters and their patrons.