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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Depicting the Sacred through Fabric

Studies of Christ’s Loincloth / Master of the Coburg Roundels
Studies of Christ’s Loincloth, about 1490, Master of the Coburg Roundels. Pen and brown and black ink with brown and gray wash, 11 x 8 1/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 93.GA.10

What is this unusual drawing all about? More»

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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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