Art, J. Paul Getty Museum

The Devil Is in the Details: New Collection Page Zoom

We recently began to add high-resolution images of objects from the collection on our website, enabling you to zoom in and observe tiny details (look for the zoom button on object pages). We started with over 1,700 antiquities, manuscripts, drawings, sculptures, works of decorative arts, paintings, and photographs, and will be adding nearly 4,000 more over the summer.

Imps, scamps, and monsters from the Getty Museum's collection

Beasts, scamps, and demons lurking in works of art from the J. Paul Getty Museum

When you take the time to scrutinize a work of art, you can make delightful discoveries. One of my favorite things to examine is demons—and there’s certainly no shortage in our collection. Curious where the wild things are? Look no further than the Temptation of Saint Anthony. Alternatively, zoom down into Hell, always a sure bet for imps, devils, and monsters.

I challenge you to scope out the demons depicted in the mug shots above by searching the Museum’s collection and utilizing the zoom tool!

Answers for the cheaters, sneaks, and corner-cutters are given on Pinterest.

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      What unexpected thing have you learned by working at a museum?

      "The more time you take with the art, the better. 

      The first time I saw a work by James Turrell, my eyes totally deceived me. I walked into the room (Acton, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) and saw a gray rectangle “painting”, but I was baffled and could not figure it out- I got closer and closer until my face was pressed against the wall next to it, trying to figure out what it was. When my friend stuck her arm into the painting and revealed the illusion (a square cut into the wall and lit to look flat), my mind was blown! You got me so good, James.

      Also, always offer to take a family photo for the tourists!”

      What do you wish you could tell all people about yourself, museums or life? 

      Everyone is creative.” 

      Emily, Education Technologist at the Getty, July 24, 2014

      07/29/14

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