Monthly Archives: November 2013

Posted in Art, Education, Photographs, Film, and Video, Voices

Photographing with Abelardo Morell | Getty Voices

"How Tall Is It" - a photograph by Mark Twain Middle School 8th grader Ricki Todd
"How Tall Is It" - a photograph by Mark Twain Middle School 8th grader Ricki Todd

Students team up with Abelardo Morell to explore their world through the camera. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Art, Manuscripts and Books, Voices

The Search for Cyrus

Cyrus the Great, Founder of the Persian Empire, killed by Thamaris, Queen of the Massagetai; Boucicaut Master Illuminator, French, active about 1390 - 1430; Paris, France, Europe; about 1413 - 1415; Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment; Leaf: 42 x 29.6 cm (16 9/16 x 11 5/8 in.); 96.MR.17.58
Cyrus the Great, Founder of the Persian Empire, killed by Thamaris, Queen of the Massagetai; Boucicaut Master Illuminator, French, active about 1390 - 1430; Paris, France, Europe; about 1413 - 1415; Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment; Leaf: 42 x 29.6 cm (16 9/16 x 11 5/8 in.); 96.MR.17.58

A look at the representations of king Cyrus of ancient Persia in the Getty’s manuscripts collection. More»

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      GREEN EARTH

      Seasick fishermen? Ogres? 

      Getting flesh tone right is an important element to paintings. The Medieval technique was to use egg yolk as a binder and start the coloring with a wash of green. 

      Layers of browns and pinks can be added on top to give depth to the flesh tones. However, sometimes the layer of pink on top fades and what do you get?

      Seasick fishermen. Or actually in this case slightly-green Israelites drawing water. 

      More color talk in The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      Initial H: Moses Striking Water from the Rock and Israelites Drawing Water, about 1250-1262, Italian. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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