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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