John Walsh (art historian)

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John Walsh
Born1937 (age 84–85)
Alma materColumbia University
Scientific career
InstitutionsJ. Paul Getty Museum
ThesisJan and Julius Porcellis: Dutch Marine Painters (1974)
Doctoral advisorJulius S. Held

John Joseph Walsh Jr. (born 1937 in Mason City, Washington) is an American art historian, curator and museum director. He served as director of the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1983 to 2000, supervising the planning and completion of the Getty's Richard Meier-designed Getty Center and transforming the Getty's art collection through new acquisitions.[1]

Walsh graduated from Yale University in 1961, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[2] Walsh earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He worked in curatorial capacities at the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, prior to assuming the directorship of the Getty.[3] Walsh is now on the Board of Trustees of the Hammer Museum[4]


  1. ^ "Walsh, John [Joseph], Jr.." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).
  2. ^ Bachrach, Bradford (18 Feb 1962). "Father Escorts Virginia Galston At Her Marriage: Wheaton Alumna Wed to John J. Walsh Jr. in St. Ignatius' Here". New York Times. p. 82.
  3. ^ Getty Trust press release on the occasion of Walsh's retirement, Sept 2000 [1]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-03-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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