Alexander Liberman

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Small Format, Big Style: Images from the Alexander Liberman Photography Archive Now Available

Coco Chanel, Alexander Liberman
Coco Chanel, Alexander Liberman. The Getty Research Institute, 2000.R.19

The Getty Research Institute and Artstor partner to offer 1,500 digitized images by the prolific photographer. More»

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      ULTRAMARINE

      The vibrant blue in the above image of Saint George and the Dragon (Master of Buillebert de Mets, about 1450-55) still looks remarkably vivid to modern eyes, but to medieval readers it wouldn’t have just looked eye-catching—it would have looked expensive. Why? Because this particular blue pigment (ultramarine) required lapis lazuli, like the carved stone above (Roman, second century AD). For centuries all lapis was sourced from a single mountain range in Afghanistan, meaning that a French medieval manuscript with the color required a lot of financial resources! 

      For more on ultramarine and other shades of blue, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      Both objects are from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

      11/24/14

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