About: Thomas Kren

I'm acting associate director for collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum and ran the Department of Manuscripts from its inception in 1984 until last year. I've curated numerous exhibitions at the Getty, including Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (2003) and A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII (2005), and written books on manuscripts, including, most recently, Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands in the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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See the Book That Was Kept in Storage for 800 Years

Stammheim Missal on display in the Getty Museum galleries

One of the most exciting aspects of curatorial work is the privilege of bringing you great works of art that were rarely seen before their acquisition by the museum. Case in point: the Stammheim Missal, one of the greatest manuscripts… More»

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      Make, Model of Ancient Laptop Discovered

      In a pioneering study, a team of art historians, archaeologists, and philologists has determined the technical specs of this ancient laptop, an object that has long eluded analysis. The primitive ancient device, it was announced via PDF attachment emailed from aol.com, most closely resembles a Gateway Handbook 486 with a 80 megabyte hard drive. The side ports are probably USB -2.0 and/or an ingenious hard-drive cooling system employing flowing water.

      Experts could only speculate as to the operating system and UI of the millennia-old apparatus. Some postulated a primitive round button that the ancient user would press to toggle between applications.

      Tools used in the study included looking, close looking while drinking beer, and super super close looking.

      04/01/15

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