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A Smartly Costumed Soldier and His Fierce Cat

An Azappo Archer with a Cheetah
An Azappo Archer with a Cheetah, about 1575, Jacopo Ligozzi. Brush, pen and brown ink, tempera colors, and painted gold, 11 1/16 x 8 3/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 91.GG.53

An extraordinary portrait of a Turkish soldier and his feline sidekick. More»

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This Just In: Gordon Parks’s “Flavio” Photographs

Flavio da Silva / Gordon Parks
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © The Gordon Parks Foundation

Searing images of poverty in 1960s Brazil. More»

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Medieval Mysteries: Considering a Recent Acquisition

The Rejection of Joachim and Anna’s Offering, leaf from a book of hours, about 1410–30, attributed to the Rohan Master or immediate circle. Tempera colors and gold on parchment, 10 ¼ x 7 5/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 112, recto
The Rejection of Joachim and Anna’s Offering, leaf from a book of hours, about 1410–30, attributed to the Rohan Master or immediate circle. Tempera colors and gold on parchment, 10 ¼ x 7 5/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 112, recto

A manuscript page bursting with art historical mysteries. More»

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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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Medieval Manuscripts and Digital Curation

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry virtual exhibition

From tasty to terrifying, three virtual exhibits explore the wealth of illuminated manuscripts. More»

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Museums Based on Books: Your Nominees

Alice and Wonderland and Darth Vader
John Tenniel / gtartwork

What book would you like to see as a museum? More»

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Reconstructing Medieval Bread

Baking Bread / Unknown illuminator, Belgium
Baking Bread (detail) in a psalter by an unknown illuminator, Belgium, mid-1200s. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, each leaf 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 14, fol. 8v

A food historian sleuths the reality of medieval bread-baking. More»

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Louis Style in the Getty Galleries

Detail of frame on Fruit Piece / Van Huysum

13 gorgeous frames from the Golden Age of French frame-making. More»

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The Man Who Photographed Ghosts

Mrs. Tinkham (detail), 1862-1875, William H. Mumler. Albumen silver print. 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches. The J. Paul Getty Museum. 84.XD.760.1.7
Mrs. Tinkham (detail), 1862-1875, William H. Mumler. Albumen silver print. 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches. The J. Paul Getty Museum. 84.XD.760.1.7

Meet the world’s first spirit photographer, William H. Mumler. More»

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Pastels, Portraits, and Paramours

Portrait of John, Lord Mountstuart / Jean-Etienne Liotard
Portrait of John, Lord Mountstuart, later 4th Earl and 1st Marquess of Bute (detail), 1763, Jean-Étienne Liotard. Pastel on parchment, 45 1/4 x 35 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000.58

A new installation celebrates an 18th-century pastel master. More»

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      Gold snake bracelet, worn on the wrist

      Romano-Egyptian, 3rd - 2nd century B.C. 

      Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

      In the Hellenistic period, gold made available by new territorial conquests flooded the Greek world. 

      Combined with social and economic changes that created a wealthy clientele with a taste for luxury, this availability led to an immense outpouring of gold jewelry to meet the demand.

      Here’s a closer view of the detailing of the cross-hatching.

      05/05/16

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