About: Emily R. Anderson

I'm the graduate intern in the Getty Museum's Department of Drawings, starting my PhD in art history at USC in fall 2014. My primary interests are early modern works on paper dealing with the history of science and medicine.

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Who Is George Seurat’s “Indian Man”?

An Indian Man / Georges Seurat
Detail of Seurat's An Indian Man showing the finely rendered beard and topknot

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Don’t Be So Crabby

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

      Jaws reference or some rather nasty surf and turf? It’s actually a depiction of the astrological symbol for Cancer.

      Here’s the full story:

      This peasant might be tired from working in the hot sun, but this is no time to go for a swim to cool off! 

      We all know there’s a risk of encountering creepy crawlers when out gardening, but that giant sinister lobster lurking in the water is actually a crab – the astrological symbol for Cancer. 

      Medieval prayer books often include a yearly calendar at the beginning of the text listing important feast days. Each month is usually accompanied by illuminations of seasonal activities and zodiacal signs, such as this one for the month of June.

      #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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