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Free Art Wallpapers to Celebrate #MuseumWeek

Vincent van Gogh's Irises as an iPhone background.
Vincent van Gogh's "Irises" makes for a beautiful wallpaper! Irises, 1889, Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas.

Van Gogh your devices. More»

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Introducing Getty Scholars’ Workspace, An Open-Source Humanities Research Tool

The light table tool within Getty Scholars' Workspace
The light table tool within Getty Scholars' Workspace. (Artwork second from left: Apocalyptic Landscape, 1912, Ludwig Meidner. © Ludwig Meidner-Archiv, Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main)

A new tool for museums and archives to support born-digital research. More»

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Botanical Art Inspired by Renaissance Illuminations

Hoefnagel-Inspired illumination showing a fly and a fuchsia
Hoefnagel-Inspired #4 2014, Denise Walser-Kolar. Watercolor and gouache on calfskin vellum, 4 x 6 in. Courtesy of and © Denise Walser-Kolar

Botanical illuminations inspired by a rare Renaissance book. More»

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77,000 Images of Tapestries and Italian Monuments Join the Open Content Program

Italian sculpture / Max Hutzel
Max Hutzel photographed Italy for 30 years, documenting architecture, paintings, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork and other "arte minore" (minor arts). The Getty Research Institute, 86.P.8

Photographs of Italian monuments and European tapestries join the Open Content Program. More»

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5,400 Images from the Getty Research Institute’s Special Collections Now Available as Open Content

Lantern design in Kangxi dengtu / Chinese
Lantern design in Kangxi dengtu (Kangxi-era lantern patterns), Chinese, 1790. Ink and watercolor, 29.7 x 24 cm. The Getty Research Institute, 2003.M.25

Thousands more images, from Renaissance prints to early photographs, join the Open Content Program. More»

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Open Content, An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The Getty announces its new Open Content Program

A new commitment to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

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

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

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

      05/03/16

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