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Let Me Tell You a Story: Docent Tours That Entertain and Educate

Docent George Terrell at the Getty Center

If you’re planning to visit the Getty this holiday, you may be surprised to learn that we have no tour guides. Instead, we have engineers, film producers, social workers, photographers, teachers, doctors, artists, salespeople, landscapers, and just about every other… More»

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In the Sketching Gallery, It’s Time to Create!

A visitor to the Sketching Gallery draws from a plaster cast of Adrien de Vries's Juggling Man.
A visitor to the Sketching Gallery draws from a plaster cast of Adrien de Vries's Juggling Man.

Of all my docent duties, helping visitors in the Getty Center’s Sketching Gallery is one of my favorites. What do we offer? The tangibles are not that much: paper, a few pencils, a place to sit, and some works of… More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Warnings to the Rich & Powerful

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

      It would be awesome if this was Medieval hangman, or a really awkward frat party, but it’s actually the result of a one-letter swap gone wrong in a book about the fates of the rich. 

      Here’s the full story:

      You sometimes regret what pops out unexpectedly when you open your mouth, but in this case, even the fish must have been quite surprised when a wooly lamb burst forth. 

      The stories in this text by Giovanni Boccaccio warn of the terrible fate that often awaits the rich and powerful. He uses here the example of King Polycrates, who tossed a ring into a river, hoping for good luck, and found it later in the mouth of a fish. 

      Someone got confused, though, and instead of a ring (in French, annel), what came out instead was a lamb (agnel). Apparently, neither the ring nor the lamb worked because the king was later hanged (background).

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      08/31/15

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