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Top Tips for Visiting #CaveTemples at the Getty

Inside the replica of Cave 275 from the cave temples of Dunhuang at the Getty
Inside the replica of Cave 275, featuring an impressive sculpture of Maitreya, Buddha of the future, flanked by two lions.

A quick guide to visiting the exhibition. More»

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Fashion Off the 405, Weekender Edition

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In focus: visitors’ weekend style. More»

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Fashion Off the 405

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What are our visitors wearing to stay cool this summer? More»

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Dad-Tested Tips for Taking Your Son to the Art Museum

Luken Murphy in the Getty Center's Museum Entrance Hall
Museums are magic! Luken Murphy in the Getty Center’s Museum Entrance Hall holding a set of Art Detective Cards, which guide families on a treasure hunt through the galleries. Photo (minus creatures) courtesy of Brian Murphy

Museums are magical! Especially when little boys and their cool dads are involved. More»

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L.A. Architecture and Movie Fantasy

Museum Entrance Hall at the Getty Center, designed by Richard Meier
And one day it would also be in Star Trek: the Museum Entrance Hall at the Getty Center, designed by Richard Meier

The Getty Center in Star Trek, a Beverly Hills mansion in The Big Lebowski, and other L.A. locations on the silver screen. More»

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Posted in Art, Art & Archives, Exhibitions and Installations, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings

Write the Opening Line to Vermeer’s “Lady in Blue”

Detail of woman's face and letter in Woman in Blue Reading a Letter / Vermeer
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest)

What do you imagine the first line of this letter might say? Share your ideas, and we’ll continue the story. More»

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The Museum as Classroom: Q&A with Guest Scholar George Hein

Shedding light: George Hein in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.
Shedding light: George Hein in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

George Hein, a leading authority on museum education whom the Museum’s Education Department invited as a guest scholar this spring, says that museums are inherently educational. The professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley… More»

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Van Gogh’s Irises / Haiku Verses from Readers / An Invitation

The Irises in its gilded frame / Vincent van Gogh
Irises, 1889, Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas, 29 1/4 x 37 1/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 90.PA.20

Over 60 haiku in honor of Vincent van Gogh. More»

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Honey, They’re Playing Our Painting

Dancer Taking a Bow (The Prima Ballerina), Edgar Degas, pastel and gouache on paper, 33 1/2 x 27 in. (85.1 x 68.6 cm). Private collection

Many couples have a favorite song, a tune that conjures up memories of blissful infatuation and unending devotion. Elia and Maranatha have a painting. The couple met three years ago when Elia, a musician, was playing at a club in… More»

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Share Your Visit with Us on Flickr

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What inspires you to pull out your camera and take a photo? We love to see visitors capturing moments at the Getty Villa and the Getty Center to share with family and friends. If you have photos of your visit… 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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