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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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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      Drab or dynamic?

      This orange-brown colored tapestry was so in fashion in the late 17th century wealthy patrons ordered matching furniture upholstery to complement this unusual shade.

      The shade became known as tabac d’Espagne, or Spanish tobacco.

      Tapestry: The Offering to Bacchus from The Grotesque Series, about 1690 - 1730, Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      09/30/14

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