Sir Paul Getty

Sir Paul Getty K.B.E. (1932–2003) was a great philanthropist of wide-ranging interests who adopted British citizenship in 1998.

Sir Paul Getty's establishment of a generous endowment for the benefit of the National Gallery has helped to make possible the acquisition of paintings by Caravaggio, Daddi, Holbein  and Poussin, among others.

The endowment fund remains an ongoing legacy which continues to allow the Gallery to acquire major paintings for the nation. A further donation from the Getty family improved access to the Gallery by creating a new ground floor entrance, which was named in honour of Sir Paul Getty and opened to the public in 2004.

Selected works

Albrecht Dürer: 'Saint Jerome'
Saint Jerome
Albrecht Dürer
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Boy bitten by a Lizard
Boy bitten by a Lizard
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio