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Medieval Meditations on the Human Condition

Initial K: Caritas from Gradual, Master of the Cypresses (Pedro de Toledo?), about 1430-1440. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 15, verso
Initial K: Caritas from Gradual, Master of the Cypresses (Pedro de Toledo?), about 1430-1440. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 15, verso

In honor of Day With(out) Art, a selection of images that make us more human. More»

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The Ghost That Wasn’t There

A Monk and Guy’s Widow Conversing with the Soul of Guy de Thurno (detail) in The Vision of the Soul of Guy de Thurno, Simon Marmion, 1475. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 31, fol. 7
A Monk and Guy’s Widow Conversing with the Soul of Guy de Thurno (detail) in The Vision of the Soul of Guy de Thurno, Simon Marmion, 1475. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 31, fol. 7

What does an invisible ghost look like? Um, well, like this. More»

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Myth and Miraculous Performance: The Virgin Hodegetria

Icon with the Virgin and Child / Byzantine
Image courtesy of the Byzantine Museum, Kastoria, no. 457

Revered in Constantinople, the icon known as the Virgin Hodegetria was believed to hold special powers. More»

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The Manuscript Files: A Medieval Holiday Message

A nativity scene in the Abbey Bible / Italian

On the opening page of the Abbey Bible, the first image we encounter is this roundel containing a scene of the Nativity of Christ. According to Christian tradition, late in her pregnancy Mary traveled with Joseph to Bethlehem for a… More»

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The Buddha in Medieval Europe?

Left: Crowned Buddha, Cambodian, Angkor period, 1100s, bronze. National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Right: King Avenir and Josaphat in Conversation (detail) in Barlaam and Josaphat, Follower of Hans Schilling, 1469. The J. Paul Getty Museum, MS. LUDWIG XV 9, fol. 320v

What does a 12th-century bronze sculpture from Cambodia have in common with a 15th-century manuscript from Germany?  Both, surprisingly, relate to the story of the Buddha. The exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia is displayed… More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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