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Misconceptions about the Middle Ages, Debunked through Art History

The Trinity, Book of Planets, Anatomical Treatise, Liber synonimorum, shortly after 1464. German. J. Paul Getty Museum.
The Trinity, Book of Planets, Anatomical Treatise, Liber synonimorum, shortly after 1464. German. J. Paul Getty Museum.

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets clubbed. More»

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#GettyJam—The Museum as Game Space

Press Start! Getty Game Jam / Edouard Manet's Spring

USC students turn the Getty into a game lab this weekend. More»

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Studying Picasso’s “Woman”

Studying Picasso's Femme at the Getty
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

A close look at Picasso’s paints. More»

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Power in Puppetry

Jenny Greer with a puppet from Tungsten (artery)
Jenny Greer, the voice of Cora

Ancient myth comes to life through the craft of puppetry. More»

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Chocolate, The Food of the Gods

chocolate-avocado cake with ganache

Eating chocolate, from Moctezuma to Marie-Antoinette. More»

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19 New Videos Show How to Engage Students with Art

Teaching Channel videos behind the scenes

How to teach with art, for teachers and parents. More»

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Experimental Music Built on Provocative Films

Body/Head
Photo: Adela Loconte

Body/Head combines improvised music with films that explore deep sexual and psychological themes. More»

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Marie-Antoinette’s Swiveling Armchair Is the New Centerpiece of Neoclassical Furniture Gallery

Neoclassical furniture gallery at the Getty Center
Marie-Antoinette's chair (at right) in the newly reinstalled Gallery S114

Marie-Antoinette’s armchair gets the royal treatment. More»

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Strike a #MusePose!

Air / Aristide Maillol #MusePose challenge
Audrey Chan and Kelly Williams strike a #MusePose duet! Sculpture: Air, designed 1938, cast 1962, Aristide Maillol. Lead, 94 in. long. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005.113.1

Get arty with your selfies in this new #MusePose Instagram challenge! More»

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#GettyCloser to Art Behind the Scenes

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Calling all art nerds for our next behind-the-scenes tweetup. More»

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      Olympian Census #4: Aphrodite

      Get the stats on your favorite (and not-so-favorite) gods and goddesses on view at the Getty Center.

      Roman name: Venus

      Employment: Goddess of Love and Beauty

      Place of residence: Mount Olympus

      Parents: Born out of sea foam formed when Uranus’s castrated genitals were thrown into the ocean

      Marital status: Married to Hephaestus, the God of Blacksmiths, but had many lovers, both immortal and mortal

      Offspring: Aeneas, Cupid, Eros, Harmonia, Hermaphroditos, and more

      Symbol: Dove, swan, and roses

      Special talent: Being beautiful and sexy could never have been easier for this Greek goddess

      Highlights reel:

      • Zeus knew she was trouble when she walked in (Sorry, Taylor Swift) to Mount Olympus for the first time. So Zeus married Aphrodite to his son Hephaestus (Vulcan), forming the perfect “Beauty and the Beast” couple.
      • When Aphrodite and Persephone, the queen of the underworld, both fell in love with the beautiful mortal boy Adonis, Zeus gave Adonis the choice to live with one goddess for 1/3 of the year and the other for 2/3. Adonis chose to live with Aphrodite longer, only to die young.
      • Aphrodite offered Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman, to Paris, a Trojan prince, to win the Golden Apple from him over Hera and Athena. She just conveniently forgot the fact that Helen was already married. Oops. Hello, Trojan War!

      Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.

      08/03/15

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