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Angela Merkel Visits the Getty

Thomas Gaehtgens, Jim Wood, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Angela Merkel outside the entrance to the Getty Research Institute
Thomas Gaehtgens, Jim Wood, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Angela Merkel outside the entrance to the Getty Research Institute

Thousands of German tourists come to the Getty each year, but today’s visit was special. The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, visited the Getty and was welcomed by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Getty president and CEO Jim Wood, and the… More»

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      ULTRAMARINE

      The vibrant blue in the above image of Saint George and the Dragon (Master of Buillebert de Mets, about 1450-55) still looks remarkably vivid to modern eyes, but to medieval readers it wouldn’t have just looked eye-catching—it would have looked expensive. Why? Because this particular blue pigment (ultramarine) required lapis lazuli, like the carved stone above (Roman, second century AD). For centuries all lapis was sourced from a single mountain range in Afghanistan, meaning that a French medieval manuscript with the color required a lot of financial resources! 

      For more on ultramarine and other shades of blue, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      Both objects are from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

      11/24/14

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