About: Nigel McGilchrist

I’ve lived and worked in Italy, Greece, and Turkey for almost 30 years. An art historian by training, I’ve served as director of the Anglo-Italian Institute in Rome, taught at the University of Rome, and been dean of European Studies for Rhodes College and the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. I’m also on the board of editors of the Blue Guides series and have contributed to several new editions on Italy. Over the last seven years I’ve walked every path and village of the inhabited Greek Islands for the new Blue Guide of its archaeology, history, and ecology, which was released in September 2010 and named one of the best books of the year by The Economist. I live near Orvieto, Italy, where I produce my own olive oil and red wine.

Posts by Nigel

Posted in Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum

My Odyssey through the Aegean Islands

Paros marble, Milos Obsidian, and Naxos emery

Art historian and archaeologist Nigel McGilchrist is taking us to the Aegean—and you can come along! On January 13, he’ll give a free illustrated talk at the Getty Villa on his nearly seven years exploring seventy of these beautiful islands,… 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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