Andrew Dalby

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At the Roman Table: Fish Sauce, Sausage-Stuffed Pig, and Good Conversation

Sally Grainger with porcellum hortolanum at the serving table for At the Roman Table at the Getty Villa

On a recent midsummer’s evening, the Getty hosted a program called At the Roman Table: A Culinary Adventure at the Getty Villa. The event drew 160 guests on each of two balmy evenings to Malibu, where we enjoyed a banquet… 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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