A sampling of the 27,000 prints held in the Research Institute’s special collections went on view this Saturday in the new exhibition The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions. It features selections from four centuries of printmaking, from a rare suite of woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer to experimental lithographs by Paul Klee.
The prints are full of rich detail, tone, and texture that make you want to spend time with them. And now you can, with these wallpapers featuring details from six prints in the show. Your device is about to get a lot more scholarly.
Visit the exhibition webpage to see the uncropped versions of these images and other works in the show.
This posthumous portrait of artist Edouard Gautier d’Agoty was produced by his student Carlo Lasinio, who falsely claimed that d’Agoty was the inventor of color printing. This example required printing four copperplates, each with a separate color, onto a single sheet of paper.
If this wallpaper could talk: “I’m an artist with a sense of style.”
Stars sparkle above the Queen of the Night in this captivating vision of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute by architect and designer Karl Friedrich Schinkel, best known for his Greek-revival buildings in Berlin.
If this wallpaper could talk: “With my backlit display, I truly am queen of the night.”
Albrecht Dürer spent a decade making the 20 woodcuts in The Life of the Virgin series; the set in the Research Institute is one of the few original 1511 suites that have not been disbound over the years. Here Mary and Joseph begin the long journey for Egypt under the watchful eyes of angels.
If this wallpaper could talk: “The road is long and rocky, but I will finish my dissertation/exhibition/LinkedIn profile.”
Ersatz hieroglyphs and winged gargoyle-like creatures adorn a massive structure projecting from a mossy cave in this design for the opening scene of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
If this wallpaper could talk: It wouldn’t.
A German romantic sensibility suffuses this beautiful and rare print of a split oak tree and a woman in Breton dress. The work expresses a devotion to nature and contemplates life and decay. The foliage and clouds in this detail are full of poetic lines and textures.
If this wallpaper could talk: “Beauty lies in the imperfect. This includes my first drafts.”
Prisoners writhe on a platform in this etching from Piranesi’s masterful series The Prisons, which is characterized by torqued perspective and a seemingly infinite array of deliberate lines and hasty scratches. The series displays Piranesi’s technical finesse, which stands apart in the history of art.
If this wallpaper could talk: “I’m trapped in my iDevice, but I like it that way.”
Smoke and flame blaze across this luxuriously colored print of an industrial landscape, part of a suite commissioned by a mining coalition. (See another print from the suite on the exhibition webpage.) Workers and a draft horse in the foreground carry on stoically, silhouetted by the orange light of the gutted quarry.
If this wallpaper could talk: “It appears my iPad has caught fire. I may need to leave this meeting early.”
How-to on iPad or iPhone: Find the image size that best matches your device, then press and hold the image to bring up the “Save Image” option. Now go to Settings > Wallpaper and navigate to the image within the Camera Roll or Saved Photos.
How-to on Android (may vary by device): Find the image size that best matches your device, then press and hold the image to bring up the “Save Image” option. Now go to Menu > Wallpaper > Gallery and navigate to the image within your folders.
These images are copyright the J. Paul Getty Trust; they are provided for personal, non-commercial use only.