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J. M. W. Turner, Now for iPad

iPad sketch by Elke Reva Sudin inspired by J. M. W. Turner’s Blue Rigi—Sunrise
Courtesy of and © Elke Reva Sudin

An artist interprets old master paintings with pixels and stylus. More»

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Experience Death Salon Getty Villa

Caitlin Doughty and Judy Melinek at Death Salon Getty Villa

Audio, photos, and social media highlights from Death Salon Getty Villa. More»

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Posted in Art, Manuscripts and Books

Botanical Art Inspired by Renaissance Illuminations

Hoefnagel-Inspired illumination showing a fly and a fuchsia
Hoefnagel-Inspired #4 2014, Denise Walser-Kolar. Watercolor and gouache on calfskin vellum, 4 x 6 in. Courtesy of and © Denise Walser-Kolar

Botanical illuminations inspired by a rare Renaissance book. More»

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15 Deathiest Objects at the Getty Villa

Roman Miniature Posable Skeleton

A death-themed tour of the Getty Villa collection. More»

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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, J. Paul Getty Museum, Photographs, Film, and Video

Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography

Spin (C-824) / Marco Breuer

Seven photographers revel in process, experiment, chance, and the happy mistake. More»

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Introducing Getty360


Find exhibitions and events at a glance with Getty360, launched today. More»

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What’s the Difference between a Selfie and a Self-Portrait?

Close-up of face in Rembrandt Laughing / Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Laughing (detail), about 1628, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Oil on copper, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013.60

When is a selfie a self-portrait? When is it art? More»

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Posted in Architecture and Design, Education, J. Paul Getty Museum

Are We Living in a Barrier-Industrial Complex?

Gilo #1 / Miki Kratsman
Courtesy of and © Miki Kratsman

The art and politics of border walls. More»

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Posted in Art, Publications

How Much Do You Know about Color?

Brilliant History of Color quiz

Take this quiz to learn how much you *really* know about the rainbow. More»

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A Week in the Life of Manet’s “Spring”

Hanging Manet's Spring in the Getty Center, West Pavilion

Watch the arrival of Manet’s painting Spring, from delivery van to gallery wall. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Minty Fresh Inspiration

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Spit-take baptism or the fresh to death Patron Saint of Minty Fresh Breath? It’s really a depiction of Saint John receiving direct inspiration from God.

      Here’s the full story:

      The Bible recounts many examples of direct inspiration from God, but it doesn’t ever explicitly mention a blinding blue light shooting directly from heaven to the mouth of Saint John, as is depicted here. Nor does Saint John ever mention the uncomfortable sensation of being surrounded by a purple amoeba. 

      In this image that begins the Gospel of John in a Gospel book, the use of bright colors and strong shapes creates a sense of surrealism

      The illumination’s dynamic energy, however, is typical of artists working in the seventeenth century in the Armenian enclave of New Julfa in Isfahan.

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.


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