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“I Declare War on All Europe”


A closer look at two propaganda posters from World War I More»

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A New Walled Order?

Graffiti on the Berlin Wall reading, the world's too small for walls
Photo: Alexandra Novosseloff

Walls don’t work. So why do we keep building them? More»

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Sculpted Photographs of the California Coast

Mussel Rocks, California / Laura Plageman
Courtesy of De Soto Gallery

You’ve never seen the California coast like this before. More»

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Skeletons Carousing in Hell

Stereograph with skeletons and Satan / French, 1860s or 1870s

Skeletons in our closet. More»

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Two Unforgettable Films about World War I

Still from J'Accuse featuring undead soldiers questioning their sacrifice
Still from J'Accuse

Two classics screen for the war’s centenary. More»

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See Authentic Medieval Hand-to-Hand Combat in New Video

Details of two men fighting with swords in the medieval manuscript Flower of Battle
Combat with Sword (detail) in Fiore Furlan dei Liberi da Premariacco, The Flower of Battle, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 13, fol. 20v

A new video brings 15th-century fighting moves to life. More»

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Mikiko Hara Answers Your Questions about Photography

Mikiko with her camera in front of her photograph on view in In Focus: Tokyo
Mikiko with her camera in front of her photograph on view in In Focus: Tokyo

10 questions for Japanese street photographer Mikiko Hara. More»

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Beyond Mikiko Hara’s Viewfinder

Untitled (Is As It), negative 1996; print about 2007, Mikiko Hara. Chromogenic print. 14 x 14 inches. J. Paul Getty Museum. Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Mikiko Hara

Why do Mikiko Hara’s photographs look so familiar? More»

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Two American Photographers at Home

Wales, boy pushing pram / Bruce Davidson
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos

Two American photographers are united through a new exhibition at the Huntington. More»

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“Where You and Image Blend”: On Learning from Minor White

Somerville, Massachusetts / Carl Chiarenza
© Carl Chiarenza

“Concentration, contemplation, and meditation were at his core whether making, studying, listening, or engaging. He preferred to be alone with silence, spirit, self.” More»

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      The Queen Who Wasn’t

      Louis XIV clandestinely wed his mistress, Madame de Maintenon, at Versailles on October 9 or 10, 1683. The marriage was much gossiped about but never openly acknowledged. She was never queen.

      Madame de Maintenon had been the {judgy} governess to Louis XIV’s children by his previous mistress, Madame de Montespan. Louis gave these children moneyed titles—such as the comte de Toulouse, who ordered the tapestries shown here for his residence outside Paris.

      Louis’s secret marriage ushered in a period of religious fervor, in sharp contrast to the light-hearted character of his early reign. Madame de Maintenon was known for her Catholic piety, and founded a school for the education of impoverished noble girls at Saint-Cyr in 1686 that stayed in operation until 1793. This engraving of the Virgin and Child was dedicated to her by the king.

      Virgin and Child, late 1600s, Jean-Louis Roullet after Pierre Mignard; Johann Ulrich Stapf, engraver. The Getty Research Institute. Tapestries from the Emperor of China series. The J. Paul Getty Museum


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