Otis College of Art and Design

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Multicultural Undergraduate Intern Diary: Dakota Higgins

Dakota Higgins at Otis Gallery

“It’s really great to work behind the scenes and learn the inner workings of a gallery.” More»

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Student-Built Día de los Muertos Altar Pays Tribute to L.A.’s Saints

The altarpiece to Saint Luke, patron saint of artists

A larger-than-life altarpiece featuring Saint Luke occupies the auditorium for Día de los Muertos. More»

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Top 10 Cool Things About College Night


College Night is back at the Getty Center on April 15. Here, the funnest of the fun stuff from last year. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Minty Fresh Inspiration

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

      Spit-take baptism or the fresh to death Patron Saint of Minty Fresh Breath? It’s really a depiction of Saint John receiving direct inspiration from God.

      Here’s the full story:

      The Bible recounts many examples of direct inspiration from God, but it doesn’t ever explicitly mention a blinding blue light shooting directly from heaven to the mouth of Saint John, as is depicted here. Nor does Saint John ever mention the uncomfortable sensation of being surrounded by a purple amoeba. 

      In this image that begins the Gospel of John in a Gospel book, the use of bright colors and strong shapes creates a sense of surrealism

      The illumination’s dynamic energy, however, is typical of artists working in the seventeenth century in the Armenian enclave of New Julfa in Isfahan.

      #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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