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Seven Works of Art that Make Me Think About Being an American

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Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, 1986, David Hockney. © 1986 David Hockney

What work of art screams ‘America’ to you? This is a reflection on works of art that make you think about national identity. More»

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Life Before eBay: British Art Auctions at the End of the 18th Century

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A major new project traces the rise of the British art market in the late 1700s. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: The Man of La Belle Ferronière

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A fake Leonardo? The scandalous court case of art dealer Joseph Duveen. More»

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Dear “Woman in Blue,” Let Me Tell You Of…

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“You will be forgotten. Your image, however, will be immortal. Through it, you will travel far—not by horse and cart, or merchant ship, but through the sky…” More»

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What Makes an Artist Great? Curator Scott Schaefer on Vermeer

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter / Johannes Vermeer as installed at the Getty Center
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest)

Johannes Vermeer is a beloved artist. Is he also a great one? More»

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Getty Voices: The Power of Vermeer

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Vermeer’s newly arrived Woman in Blue Reading a Letter seems calmly at home in our galleries—but introduces a distinctive new presence. More»

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Getty Voices: The Forgotten Surrealist

Wolfgang Paalen with his portrait of Andre Breton
Courtesy Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City

“A feeling of surprise, even disbelief, that someone so unique could have remained unknown to us for so long.” More»

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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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What Do Rocks Have to Do with Renaissance Art?

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Why the manuscript illuminations in Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance really rock. More»

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A Call to Arms! Heraldry in Renaissance Florence (And a Mystery You Can Help Solve)

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The Virgin and Child Surrounded by Saints, between 1350 and 1365, Follower of Bernardo Daddi (possibly Pietro Nelli). Tempera and gold leaf on panel, 37 ½ x 26 in. (95.3 x 66 cm). Portland Art Museum, 61.51

Heraldry is a fascinating and complex system by which coats of arms are devised and decoded.  My familial arms—yes, my family has a coat of arms, and yours may have too—are composed of an intricate grouping of objects, including a… More»

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      This is a portrait of a prisoner.

      A political prisoner at the time of the Reign of Terror in France, Andre-Antoine Bernard here is posed and styled with severity and strength. He was eventually exiled for voting to execute Louis XVI. But this defiant portrait lives on.

      Portrait of Andre-Antoine Bernard, July 24, 1795, Jacques-Louis David. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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