$45 million Turner goes on display at the Getty

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Posted: Mar 07, 2011 3:54 PM
$45 million Turner goes on display at the Getty

A painting of Rome by J.M.W. Turner acquired in July by the J. Paul Getty Museum for $44.9 million is making its debut in Los Angeles.

Beginning Tuesday, Getty Center guests can see "Modern Rome _ Campo Vaccino." It has had only two owners in 171 years, and most recently was on display at the National Gallery of Scotland.

The Getty now has two Turner paintings and two watercolors. Other Turners can be seen at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

After Getty bought the almost flawless painting in its original frame, the British government postponed export until February to see if enough money could be raised to keep a national treasure from leaving the country.