About: Gail Feigenbaum and Lisa Cherkerzian

Gail Feigenbaum I'm associate director of the Getty Research Institute and lead the Display of Art in Roman Palaces 1550–1750 research project. Lisa Cherkerzian I'm a research assistant in the Research Institute.

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The Display of Art in Roman Palaces

Section of a Palace with Carriage, Andrea Francesco Nicoletti, 1709 (?), pen and black ink with watercolor. Gabinetto Comunale delle Stampe, Rome

At a time when we’re accustomed to viewing art in museums—and often in galleries that more or less resemble a white cube—it’s worth thinking back a few centuries to the way many of the paintings and objects in collections like… More»

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      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.

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