About: Anne Blecksmith

I joined the Getty Research Institute in 2001 as a reference librarian for the program's vast special collections, specializing in photograph archives. I assumed a new role as head of GRI Digital Services in 2009.

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Soccer and Opera: A Common History?

depicting Florentine soccer in Discorso sopra il givoco del calcio fiorentino del Puro Accademico Alterato, Giovanni de' Bardi (Florence, Stamperia dei Giunti, 1580). The Getty Research Institute, 1370-871

The World Cup kicks off today in South Africa, and the international mania for soccer—sometimes known as “the beautiful game’’—put me in mind of one of the many interesting treasures held in the collections of the Getty Research Institute. In… More»

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      192 square feet of luxurious wool and silk weaving.

      Notice the glow of the chandelier, achieved with lighter threading and great skill. Knights, monkeys, dogs and sheep escape the tapestry into our world.

      This detailed hanging depicts the dangerous of bad eating habits and overindulgence. The bearded man is not a wizard, but rather a doctor. 

      Woven at Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory; after a painting by Charles Antoine Coypel, painter, 1770 - 1772, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      09/16/14

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