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Curator’s Talk on James Ensor Is a Gas

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What you need to know about James Ensor, in 12 minutes. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Voices

Getty Voices: The Ancient Funny

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A Greek, a Roman, and a priest walk into a bar… More»

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

Getty Center Closes, Art Takes the Weekend Off!

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It’s a lot of pressure, day after day, holding the same pose. I’ve been standing up, staring at the underside of a ringing bell for years now. I love hanging out with my pal Saint Anthony, but how can I… More»

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Question of the Week: Does Art Have to Be Serious?

Self-Portrait, Yawning, Joseph Ducreux, before 1783. Oil on canvas, 45 x 35 in.

Nowadays, seeing a silly picture of a person is hardly unusual. Showing personality is a good thing. Social customs weren’t quite the same in 18th-century France, when Joseph Ducreux painted this self-portrait. An official court painter, he was known for refined… More»

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      Satan and his skeleton minions enjoying the afterlife.

      Playfully staged, the series seems purely humorous—until you learn when and why they were made. These skeletons’ rowdy antics were a clever form of political satire.

      —Curator Mazie Harris on Skeletons Carousing in Hell

      10/31/14

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