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A Strange and Wonderful Vase at Family Art Lab

Vase - detail of cast-bronze snails / Jean-Desire Ringel d’Illzach

This summer I’ve been helping to facilitate Family Art Lab, a weekend program at the Getty Center that combines a gallery exploration with hands-on art making in the Museum Courtyard. Through September 2, we’re offering a two-part experience centered around… More»

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Mummy Magic at the Getty Villa

Visitors to the Getty Villa at a tour focusing on the mummy of Herakleides

“Take a look at Herakleides. What do you see?” My tour group gathers around Herakleides, the Romano-Egyptian mummy in the Getty Museum’s collection, taking their first good peek at the 2,000-year-old body beneath the glass case. The motifs of ancient… More»

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What Can You Do with Kids at the Getty Center?

A girl shows off a mask she decorated in the Getty Center's Family Room

Visit the giant bug, create a scavenger hunt on the fly, and help yourself to the giant rolling lawn. More»

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Pacific Standard Time Is for Kids!

Exploring De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column. Photo: Damon Cason Reiser. From J. Is a Bird
Exploring reflections in De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column. Photo: Damon Cason Reiser. From J. Is a Bird

If you’re a parent, you might be wondering whether Pacific Standard Time is safe for tender eyes. It’s true that several PSTinLA shows tear into grown-up themes, from feminist protest to LGBTQ aesethetics, but there are also plenty of ways… 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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Five Tips for Sketching at the Museum

William Zaluski sketching J.M.W. Turner's Modern Rome at the Getty Center

Did you know that visitors to the Getty Museum are allowed—in fact, encouraged—to draw from the artworks in the galleries and on the grounds? Whether drawing to express yourself, to discover rich patterns or details in art, or to create… More»

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Play the Paris Gallery Game!

Find the six things that are different in this portrait of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux created by Maurice-Quentin de La Tour about 1739–41

The exhibition Paris: Life & Luxury transports you to an affluent Parisian home in the mid-1700s. It’s presented in a series of rooms that show the activities an elite family would have performed in the morning, afternoon, and evening—from dressing… More»

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Why? Because the Pig in the Painting Said So!

Me, giving a sculpture a gorilla hug in the 1970s

As a kid I was sure if I could be alone with works or art, in or out of museums—ditch the parents, teachers, and guards—that the works of art would talk to me. I assessed hiding places, considered alarm systems…. More»

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Meet the B-List Monsters of Greek Mythology

Teumessian fox spread from My Monster Notebook

Pity the second-tier monsters of ancient myth. “Ethon, no one’s heard of him,” laments mythology buff John Harris. “And what about the little-known Teumessian Fox? He was way cool.” B-list beasts might finally win your love with My Monster Notebook,… More»

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Festival a Family Affair at the Getty Center

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Early-morning showers and threatening clouds didn’t keep families from coming to our most recent Family Festival, a celebration of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese culture. More than 7,600 kids and parents attended the festivities that took place throughout the Getty Center…. More»

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      It’s been 125 years since Van Gogh’s death, today we celebrate his life’s work.


      5 Ways to See Van Gogh’s Irises

      Through observations, visitor conversations, and some sneaky eavesdropping, we’ve compiled the top 5 ways people enjoy this painting.

      1. In a Crowd
        One of the most obvious ways that people see the painting is in a crowd. The gallery is almost always filled, and you might have to wait before you can get up close. The anticipation builds as you start in the back row, and slowly move until you are close enough to see the brushstrokes of Van Gogh’s thick paint.

      2. Online
        David from Colorado said that this was his first visit, but he had already seen the painting online. In addition to being available through the Getty’s Open Content program, the painting is often seen on social media. Just search #irises on Instagram for a taste of the painting’s popularity. 

      3. Alone
        If you arrive right at 10 a.m. when the museum opens, the quiet gallery provides a perfect backdrop to really examine the painting. Solitude and seclusion gives the gallery a sense of intimacy. 

      4. Multiple Times
        Repeat visits can give rise to multiple interpretations. Is it a melancholy or joyous painting? Expressive or depressive? 

      5. Internationally
        Visitors from all across the world viewed this famous Van Gogh. In just one hour you can hear multiple languages—French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, German, and more. Irises seems to rise above cultural boundaries—a Dutch painting inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e prints—to strike an emotional resonance amongst all viewers. 

      What is your favorite lens to view Van Gogh’s work through? 

      07/29/15

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