J. Paul Getty Museum

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Why Did Michelangelo Use Red Chalk?
Studies of the upper body of a man and separate studies of an arm, a hand and an ear; sketch of a tree, 1511–1512, Michelangelo Buonarroti. Two shades of red chalk, some black chalk, 9 15/16 × 8 1/16 in. Teylers Museum, Haarlem, purchased in 1790. Image © Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Why Did Michelangelo Use Red Chalk?

The artist used the medium to shape the human form.

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Capturing a Killer: True Crime and Photography
Dick Hickock, Murderer, Garden City, Kansas, April 1960, Richard Avedon, negative April 15, 1960, print 1961. Gelatin silver print, 19 9/16 × 15 11/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum 2000.67.6. © The Richard Avedon Foundation,

Capturing a Killer: True Crime and Photography

Why are photographers drawn to crime scenes?

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