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Getty Voices: Does Text Still Matter?

Red pens, the editor's stock-in-trade

Where images are the primary sources, where does text fit in? Should museums uphold editorial standards, or go with the Web 2.0 flow? More»

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Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings

Labeling Turner

Modern Rome–Campo Vaccino, Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851), 1839. Oil on canvas, 36 1/8 x 48 1/4 in. (unframed), 48 1/4 x 60 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (framed). The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.6

Writing the gallery label for a painting can sometimes feel like an art form in itself, a kind of circumscribed descriptive poetry not unrelated to haiku. How, in fewer than 100 words, do you capture the essence of an object,… More»

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      Painting as a form of adaptation?

      Depicted here at the desk is Geremia da Montagnone, the author of the text this illumination accompanies. This depiction is totally imaginative and reveals the creativity of the artist.

      "I love this manuscript because the primary illustrator imbued his ‘portraits’ with the kind of originality that a movie director has when translating a book to the big screen.”

      Our manuscripts curator of the upcoming show Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts

      Compendium moralium notabilium, early 15th century, Cristoforo Cortese, illuminator and Novella Master, illuminator. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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