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A Love Story Told in Pictures

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The greatest romance of the 19th century, captured on camera. More»

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Ancient Myth, Contemporary Politics

Paris and Helen, 1786, Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748 - 1825), pen and black ink and brush and gray wash, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Paris and Helen, 1786, Jacques-Louis David. Pen and black ink and brush and gray wash, 7 3/16 x 9 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 83.GA.192

Jacques-Louis David made Greco-Roman myths directly relevant to the contemporary public, as this sly drawing shows. More»

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Ready for Reddit – Tim Potts in an “Ask Me Anything” Session Monday, November 25

Timothy Potts / Director of the Getty Museum / 2013
Tim Potts

Have a question for the director of the Getty Museum? Ask him! He’ll be on Reddit starting at noon PST. More»

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Friday DIY: Create Your Own Camera Obscura

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Make your own camera obscura two ways: in a box, or in a whole room. More»

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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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The Power of Poetry: 6 Questions for Amber Tamblyn

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“Poetry has the power to make you feel every human emotion all at once.” More»

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My Kid Could Shoot That!—Abelardo Morell’s Work from a Child’s Perspective

Laura and Brady in the Shadow of Our House / Abelardo Morell
Laura and Brady in the Shadow of Our House, 1994, Abelardo Morell

Artist Abelardo Morell set out early in his career to capture a series of images that display the menace and wonder of everyday objects as they appear to a child. More»

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Dean of Canterbury Cathedral Offers Tales of Art and Creativity

The Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury
The Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury

“Canterbury Cathedral tells the story of England across the centuries since the arrival of St. Augustine in 597—in glass and wood and stone, and in artifacts and music sung daily.” More»

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The Monuments Men and the Race to Save Masterpieces, A Q&A with Robert Edsel

Robert Edsel
Robert Edsel

“What makes a man risk his life to save someone else’s life, much less a work of art?” More»

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Time to Focus: Community Photoworks 2013

Student photo by Jesus Martinez
Photo by student Jesus Martinez

“I learned not to rush taking the picture, to capture the moment when you think it’s ready.” More»

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      It’s been 125 years since Van Gogh’s death, today we celebrate his life’s work.


      5 Ways to See Van Gogh’s Irises

      Through observations, visitor conversations, and some sneaky eavesdropping, we’ve compiled the top 5 ways people enjoy this painting.

      1. In a Crowd
        One of the most obvious ways that people see the painting is in a crowd. The gallery is almost always filled, and you might have to wait before you can get up close. The anticipation builds as you start in the back row, and slowly move until you are close enough to see the brushstrokes of Van Gogh’s thick paint.

      2. Online
        David from Colorado said that this was his first visit, but he had already seen the painting online. In addition to being available through the Getty’s Open Content program, the painting is often seen on social media. Just search #irises on Instagram for a taste of the painting’s popularity. 

      3. Alone
        If you arrive right at 10 a.m. when the museum opens, the quiet gallery provides a perfect backdrop to really examine the painting. Solitude and seclusion gives the gallery a sense of intimacy. 

      4. Multiple Times
        Repeat visits can give rise to multiple interpretations. Is it a melancholy or joyous painting? Expressive or depressive? 

      5. Internationally
        Visitors from all across the world viewed this famous Van Gogh. In just one hour you can hear multiple languages—French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, German, and more. Irises seems to rise above cultural boundaries—a Dutch painting inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e prints—to strike an emotional resonance amongst all viewers. 

      What is your favorite lens to view Van Gogh’s work through? 

      07/29/15

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