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The Manuscript Files: A Demon Whispering Sweet Nothings

Detail of Initial D: The Fool with Two Demons / Master of the Ingeborg Psalter

One of my favorite details from the current exhibition Gothic Grandeur comes from a French psalter of the early 1200s. A hallmark of Gothic art was an increasing sensitivity to the natural world, which led not only to a new… More»

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A Devilish Artwork for Halloween

Saint Anthony with demons in Polyptych with Coronation of the Virgin and Saints / Cenni di Francesco di Ser Cenni
Saint Anthony with demons in Polyptych with Coronation of the Virgin and Saints by Cenni di Francesco di Ser Cenni, about 1390s. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 71.PB.31

Here’s an artwork from our collection that makes me squeal…with terror! The multicolored demons attacking my pal Saint Anthony are hooves down the scariest creatures around. The blue devil is a total gangster. He bullied his way onto our new… More»

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      She’s young, she’s vulnerable, she’s uncertain. 

      She’s a young girl facing the outside world scaled for grown-ups. The daughter of a composer, a friend of the artist, is depicted here in an off-balanced porch, in front of a closed door, with quite the haunting gaze.

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      Eye-to-eye connects the peoples of yesterday to you through art.

      Jeanne Kefer, 1885, Fernand Khnopff. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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