Dutch Art Featured at Getty Center
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Fans of Gothic church architecture and the rise of the railroad can enjoy paintings, drawings and rare photographs of both without traveling beyond the Getty Center.
On show for the first time outside their Dutch home, meticulous drawings and serene paintings by master illustrator Pieter Jansz Saenredam depict former Roman Catholic churches in 17th-century Utrecht.
The Saenredam work was first exhibited by the Centraal Museum in Utrecht in the Netherlands. ``The Sacred Spaces of Pieter Saenredam″ is on view at the Getty until July 7.
With archaeological precision, Saenredam drew and then painted the stark interiors of cathedrals stripped of elaborate altarpieces and statuary during the Protestant Reformation.
Utrecht built more churches and cathedrals than any other Dutch city and represented the country’s struggle for political and religious freedom from Spain.
``The rare opportunity to present Saenredam’s sublime vision to an American audience proved irresistible to the Getty,″ said Deborah Gribbon, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
From the sublime to the steam engine, ``Railroad Vision,″ on display through June 23, shows the dawn of the travel and tourism industry in Europe and North America beginning in the 19th century.
``More than any other inventions of this period, railroads and photography dramatically shortened the time required to travel from one place to another, and the time between the idea for a picture and its realization,″ said Weston Naef, photographs curator at the Getty Museum.
Sweeping landscapes and speeding locomotives are captured in photos taken by famed photographers Brassai, Walker Evans and Alfred Stieglitz.
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