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Holiday Lights at the Getty Center through January 2


Get sparkly with us this winter with special starry light projections, free hot cider, and luminous exhibitions. More»

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Join the Getty Community in Donating Food for #GivingTuesday

Debra Canter and Joe Dyer with donations to the Westside Food Bank
Getty volunteers Debra Canter and Joe Dyer with a vanload of donated food and toys at the Getty Center loading dock

Bring a donation of food on December 2 and we’ll match it. More»

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Learning from Snowflakes


A seemingly simple pop-up book can be the springboard to teach kids about identity and individuality. More»

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What We’re Grateful For

A moment at the Getty Villa by Flickr user Jason "JFish" Fischer
A moment at the Getty Villa, contributed by Jason "JFish" Fischer to our Flickr group, My Getty Visit

All of us who work at the Getty are pretty lucky; after all, we spend our days around great art and great people. For Thanksgiving, I asked several folks who’ve blogged on the Iris over the past year to name… More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: You Look Like Hell

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

      Escaping the in-laws or medieval Sea World? It’s actually an extreme punishment for a dress code violation. 

      Here’s the full story:

      The Christian tale of Saint Josaphat is roughly based on the life of the Buddha in a kind of medieval game of telephone, in which the sources for the text passed through Christian circles in the Middle East in the 8th century before appearing in European versions in the 11th century. 

      Here an unsuitably dressed guest—we can see that his tattered clothing and scruffy facial hair have no place at the well-dressed gathering—is cast into the dark, open mouth of a terrifying animal. 

      To make matters worse, the story is a parable in which Barlaam, Josaphat’s Christian teacher, describes the sinful who do not make the cut at the Last Judgment.

      Holiday Lesson: Always check the dress code.

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


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