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ART-OF-COLLECTING DISPLAY IS AIMED AT YOUNG PEOPLE

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A new exhibition on the art of collecting is directly aimed at young people and families, according to museum staff at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

"The Art of Collecting: The Earl and Countess of Arundel," on show in the museum's Interactive Gallery through Dec. 3, features hands-on and participatory activities. A museum docent is posted in the gallery to answer questions and to talk about collecting."Conversation is encouraged," says Diane Brigham, who heads the education department. And young collectors are invited to bring in items they have collected, to talk about them with the docent and maybe win a prize.

The exhibition includes about 30 etchings and nine rare books, related to the collection of the Arundels, a 17th-century English couple considered the first of the great private collectors.

Among the works are etchings of butterflies and insects displayed beside real, mounted butterfly and insect specimens that visitors can inspect with magnifying glasses - this was how the Arundels recorded and viewed their collection in their day.

The exhibition is a continuation of one already on show through Oct. 1 in a nearby gallery, "The Earl and Countess of Arundel: Renaissance Collectors," which displays a selection of the Arundels' paintings, prints and rare books.