Prints and Drawings

Works on paper from the Renaissance to 1900, including European drawings and a vast variety of prints, from Piranesi’s etchings to the first copperplate prints produced in China

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17th-Century Print Offers a Field Guide to Laziness and Gluttony

Description of the Land of Cockaigne, Where Whoever Works the Least Earns the Most / Remondini
Description of the Land of Cockaigne, Where Whoever Works the Least Earns the Most, 1606, Remondini family (Bassano). Hand-colored engraving, 16 5/16 x 21 7/8 in. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.72

“Here you only worry about being happy!” More»

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Dig In to the Art of Food at the Getty

Pastry Shop / Abraham Brosse
Pastry Shop, 1600, Abraham Brosse. Hand-colored etching and engraving, 26.9 x 34 cm. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.63

Exhibitions and events are extra tasty this fall. More»

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Walk, Look, and Learn

A Lady Walking in a Garden with a Child / Gainsborough
A Lady Walking in a Garden with a Child, about 1785, Thomas Gainsborough. Black chalk with stumping and heightened with white pastel, 20 x 8 11/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 96.GB.13

A drawing unfolds a story about 18th-century fashion and manners. More»

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“Paper Museum” Goes Digital

Screen capture from Digital Montagny

A 19th-century sketchbook goes digital. More»

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A Renaissance Mystery, from a Marriage to a Sacrifice

The Sacrifice of Isaac / Andrea del Sarto
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

A chance discovery within an Andrea del Sarto panel. More»

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Laying Louis XIV to Rest

Representation of the Place Where the Body of Louis XIV, King of France, Was Laid Out in the Church of Saint-Denis
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la Photographie, Qb-1 (1715). Photo credit: BnF

Why are there so few images of Louis XIV’s death? More»

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An Artist Who Sees Holiness in Wonder Bread

enriched bread / Corita Kent
enriched bread, 1965, Corita Kent. Silkscreen, 29 5/8 x 36¼ in. Collection: Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College

“Her work was about joy and, she said, giving people an idea of what harmony might look like.” More»

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Six Meditations on Versailles

Bird's-Eye View of the Castle of Versailles, Its Gardens and Surroundings, as Seen from the Orangerie / Antoine Coquart
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la Photographie, Va-422-format 4. Photo credit: BnF

A 1712 print depicts the palace of Versailles as capital of politics and pleasure. More»

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Louis XIV as Royal Spectator

Detail of Fireworks on the Grand Canal / Jean Lepautre
Detail of fireworks in Fifth Day: Fireworks on the Grand Canal

Louis XIV appears front-row center in two engravings celebrating his grand parties. More»

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Why the Iconic “Great Wave” Swept the World

Under the Wave off Kanagawa / Hosukai
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The world’s most iconic image of a tsunami isn’t actually a tsunami. More»

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      Photography of Troubled Dreams

      Japanese photographer Shiga Lieko works with local communities, immersing herself in them and incorporating their histories and myths into her photographs. Her series Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Shore) was created between 2009 and 2012 in Kitakama, Japan, a coastal village devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The images possess a dreamlike, postapocalyptic quality that evokes myth, natural disaster, and trauma.

      Six from the series are included in the exhibition The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography (through February 21).

      Three images from Shiga Lieko’s series Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Shore), from top: Rasen Kaigan 39 and Portrait of Cultivation, 2009; Rasen Kaigan 21, 2012. Chromogenic prints. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, 2015.1.2.–.4 © Shiga Lieko

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