About: Bryan Keene

I’m assistant curator in the Department of Manuscripts at the Getty Museum. I'm pursuing a PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London and I hold a master’s from Syracuse University in Italian Renaissance art as well as a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in art history and Romance linguistics and cultures. My most recent project was the exhibition and book Gardens of the Renaissance. I was also contributing curator and author to the exhibition and catalogue Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350.

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Medieval Copyediting

Decorated Canceled Page / Abbey Bible
Detail from a Decorated Canceled Page in the Abbey Bible, about 1250–62. Ms. 107, fol. 96v

Creative editorial practices, courtesy of the Middle Ages. More»

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Medieval Reading for Our Favorite “Game of Thrones” Characters

The King of Cyprus Killed by His Brothers, from Froissart’s Chronicles (Book Three), Master of the Getty Froissart, 1480-83.  Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment, 18 7/8 x 13 ¾ in. (48 x 35 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XIII 7, fol. 80
The King of Cyprus Killed by His Brothers, from Froissart’s Chronicles (Book Three), Master of the Getty Froissart, 1480-83. Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment, 18 7/8 x 13 ¾ in. (48 x 35 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XIII 7, fol. 80

Books our favorite “Game of Thrones” characters should consult before heading into season 4. More»

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They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships

The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew / Master of the Brussels Initials
The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew, about 1389–1404, Master of the Brussels Initials. Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment, 13 x 9 7/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 34, fol. 172

A reflection on the Feast of Saint Andrew, celebrated at Canterbury Cathedral. More»

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Sicily, The International Island

The Crucifixion and the Harrowing of Hell / Sicilian
The Crucifixion and the Harrowing of Hell in a New Testament, Sicilian, late 1100s. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, 9 11/16 x 6 3/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig I 5, fol. 191v

Medieval Sicily was a hotbed of political turmoil and artistic innovation. More»

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A Field Guide to Renaissance Gardens

The Temptation of Adam and Eve / Boucicaut Master
The Temptation of Adam and Eve (detail) in Concerning the Fates of Illustrious Men and Women, about 1415, Boucicaut Master. Tempera colors, gold leaf and gold paint on parchment, 16 9/16 x 11 5/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 63, fol. 3

In the Renaissance as now, gardens came in many forms and carried many associations. A visual tour. More»

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Getty Voices: Renaissance Gardens

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A journey through Renaissance gardens and their paradoxes: natural and artificial, sin and salvation, virtue and vice. More»

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A Call to Arms! Heraldry in Renaissance Florence (And a Mystery You Can Help Solve)

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The Virgin and Child Surrounded by Saints, between 1350 and 1365, Follower of Bernardo Daddi (possibly Pietro Nelli). Tempera and gold leaf on panel, 37 ½ x 26 in. (95.3 x 66 cm). Portland Art Museum, 61.51

Heraldry is a fascinating and complex system by which coats of arms are devised and decoded.  My familial arms—yes, my family has a coat of arms, and yours may have too—are composed of an intricate grouping of objects, including a… More»

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On the 12 Days of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me…

A Partridge (detail)/from a bestiary
A Partridge (detail) in a bestiary, about 1270. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, 7 ½ x 5 5/8 in. (19.1 x 14.3 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 3, fol. 38v

Illuminated manuscripts are one of my true loves, and as a treat for the 12 days of Christmas, I’d like to share just a few of the glorious things that my true love gave to me this year. On the… More»

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From the Black Death to Black Friday

Saint Eloy in His Goldsmith’s Workshop / Master of the Misericordia
Saint Eloy in His Goldsmith’s Workshop, about 1370, Master of the Misericordia. Tempera and gold leaf on panel, 13 3/4 x 15 3/8 in. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, no. 2841

There’s been a lot of talk about shopping over the past few days, from Black Friday to Cyber Monday (now expanded to Cyber Week). In late medieval Florence, shopping—for art—was also all the rage. In the years leading up to the… More»

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Everyone’s Talking about Giotto

Panel paintings by Giotto: Virgin and Child and Crucifixion

There’s been almost seven hundred years of chatter about Giotto di Bondone (about 1267–1337), a painter from Florence considered one of the greatest artists of all time. After six years of careful planning and negotiation, we at the Getty Museum are… More»

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      From you have I been absent in the spring,
      When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
      Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
      That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
      Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
      Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
      Could make me any summer’s story tell,
      Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
      Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
      Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
      They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
      Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
      Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
      As with your shadow I with these did play.

      —William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564

      Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      04/23/14

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