About: Christine Sciacca

I'm assistant curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum and a specialist in Italian, German, and Ethiopian illuminated manuscripts, with a special focus on liturgical and devotional books. I've curated a variety of manuscripts exhibitions at the Getty Center, including Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350, Music for the Masses: Illuminated Choir Books, Building the Medieval World: Architecture in Illuminated Manuscripts, and Shrine and Shroud: Textiles in Illuminated Manuscripts. I'm editor of the book Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350 and author of Building the Medieval World from Getty Publications.

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, J. Paul Getty Museum, Manuscripts and Books

Meet the Artist Who Helped Launch the Renaissance in Florence

The Ascension of Christ from the Laudario of Sant’Agnese / Pacino di Bonaguida

In the early 1300s, 150 years before Leonardo and Michelangelo walked its streets, Florence was a hotbed of artistic production and creativity. Three works in the Getty Museum’s collection produced in the city at this dynamic moment—all by the same… More»

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      September, the month to harvest grapes, isn’t just for the modern Virgo.

      Libras and Scorpios are in on the labors of plowing and sowing fun for the month. Since the Middle Ages the zodiac symbols have shifted with changes in the months of the calendar. 

      Zodiacal Sign of Virgo, about 1170s, Unknown. German, Hildesheim. J. Paul Getty Museum.
      Woman Harvesting Grapes; Zodiacal Sign of a Libra
      A Man Treading Grapes; Zodiacal Sign of Libra, early 1460s, Workshop of Willem Vrelant. J. Paul Getty Museum.
      Plowing and Sowing; Zodiacal Sign of Scorpio, 1510-1520, Workshop of Master of James IV of Scotland. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      09/01/14

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