Masterpieces from the J. Paul Getty Museum can now be viewed on a new mobile app produced by the Getty in partnership with New York-based Toura that features 150 antiquities, paintings, decorative arts, sculptures, drawings, illuminated manuscripts and photographs.
Each of the objects is accompanied by a brief commentary and can be viewed in detail through high-definition images with zooming capability. They include Van Gogh’s Irises, the Lansdowne Herakles statue, Cezanne’s Still Life, Bernini’s sculpture of a Boy with a Dragon, and Dorothea Lange’s famous photograph of a migrant mother and her children. Recent Getty acquisitions are featured as well, such as Klimt’s drawing Portrait of a Young Woman Reclining and J.M.W. Turner’s Modern Rome. Selected works are accompanied by audio commentary; others feature multiple views. A brief video biography introduces the museum’s founder, J. Paul Getty.
“This app is the result of our commitment to finding more ways for the public to access and engage with our collections,” said James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “Mobile technology provides unprecedented convenience as well as exciting new possibilities for seeing and understanding visual art. We will continue to explore further opportunities as the technology changes and develops.” The J. Paul Getty Museum Highlights of the Collections can be found for sale in the Apple App store for iPad, iPhone, Andoid, Amazon Appstore for Android, and Nook Apps. The cost is $2.99.