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Figure 3: Figure for Landscape, 1960, Barbara Hepworth. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Fran and Ray Stark, 2005.108. © Bowness. After treatment on the Fran and Ray Sculpture Terrace.

Revitalizing Barbara Hepworth’s Figure for Landscape

A behind-the-scenes look at restoring Barbara Hepworth’s 1960 sculpture “Figure for Landscape.” More»

Temperate and the Intemperate, Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, miniature from Valerius Maximus, The Memorable Deeds and Sayings of the Romans, Bruges, about 1470-80, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 43, recto

Why Aren’t People Eating in Medieval Depictions of Feasts?

The medieval struggle to resist sin. More»

A girl shows off a mask she decorated in the Getty Center's Family Room

What Can You Do with Kids at the Getty Center?

Visit the giant bug, create a scavenger hunt on the fly, and help yourself to the giant rolling lawn. More»

Moonlight, Wolf / Remington

The Invention of the Light Bulb Did Not Conquer the Night

How painters depicted darkness even as the world embraced artificial light More»


Holiday Lights at the Getty Center through January 2

Get sparkly with us this winter with special starry light projections, free hot cider, and luminous exhibitions. More»

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        #ThyCaptionBe: You Look Like Hell

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

        Escaping the in-laws or medieval Sea World? It’s actually an extreme punishment for a dress code violation. 

        Here’s the full story:

        The Christian tale of Saint Josaphat is roughly based on the life of the Buddha in a kind of medieval game of telephone, in which the sources for the text passed through Christian circles in the Middle East in the 8th century before appearing in European versions in the 11th century. 

        Here an unsuitably dressed guest—we can see that his tattered clothing and scruffy facial hair have no place at the well-dressed gathering—is cast into the dark, open mouth of a terrifying animal. 

        To make matters worse, the story is a parable in which Barlaam, Josaphat’s Christian teacher, describes the sinful who do not make the cut at the Last Judgment.

        Holiday Lesson: Always check the dress code.

        #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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