Over 50 Renaissance works from the Arundel Collection on display at the Getty

Great collectors at the Getty


Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, and his wife, Countess Aletheia, were among the most enlightened English patrons of the Renaissance. They befriended Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, introducing the latter to the court of James I, and supported the career of Inigo Jones. The couple built up a rich collection of paintings, drawings, antiquities, manuscripts and gems, which was dispersed by their son after their deaths. The inventory of over 600 items survives, and several of the works from the collection have found their way to the Getty Museum. Over fifty works are the focus of the exhibition “The Earl and Countess of Arundel: Renaissance Collectors” which will bring together former Arundel Collection pieces from both the Getty and other institutions. The exhibition will include rare books from the Getty Center’s Special Collections and several important paintings (2 May-5 November).

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 48 May 1995