World Cup 2010

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World Cup Fever Grips the Getty

The agony and ecstasy of soccer--over lunch in the Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall

Looking around the room, I see a virtual United Nations in the grip of soccer fever. Her parents are from Mexico and El Salvador, but her team is the Black Stars of Ghana. She was born in Nicaragua, and cheers… More»

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Soccer and Opera: A Common History?

depicting Florentine soccer in Discorso sopra il givoco del calcio fiorentino del Puro Accademico Alterato, Giovanni de' Bardi (Florence, Stamperia dei Giunti, 1580). The Getty Research Institute, 1370-871

The World Cup kicks off today in South Africa, and the international mania for soccer—sometimes known as “the beautiful game’’—put me in mind of one of the many interesting treasures held in the collections of the Getty Research Institute. In… More»

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      From you have I been absent in the spring,
      When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
      Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
      That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
      Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
      Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
      Could make me any summer’s story tell,
      Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
      Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
      Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
      They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
      Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
      Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
      As with your shadow I with these did play.

      —William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564

      Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum

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