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A Monk and Guy’s Widow Conversing with the Soul of Guy de Thurno (detail) in The Vision of the Soul of Guy de Thurno, Simon Marmion, 1475. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 31, fol. 7

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Still from J'Accuse featuring undead soldiers questioning their sacrifice
Still from J'Accuse

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The Getty Foundation’s 30th Anniversary

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    Still from Adrift in Tokyo / 2007
    Courtesy of The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

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        I do not like crooked, twisted, blasted trees. I admire them much more if they are tall, straight, and flourishing. I do not like ruined, tattered cottages. I am not fond of nettles or thistles, or heath blossoms. I have more pleasure in a snug farm-house than a watch-tower—and a troop of tidy, happy villages please me better than the finest banditti in the world.”

        Marianne looked with amazement at Edward, with compassion at her sister. Elinor only laughed.

        —Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, published on October 30, 1811

        Wooded Landscape by Paulus Lieder and Landscape with a Bare Tree and a Ploughman by Leon Bonvin, The J. Paul Getty Museum; Fantastic Oak Tree in the Woods, Carl Wilhelm Kolbe the Elder, The Getty Research Institute


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