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7 Things to Look for in Paintings of the Last Supper

The Last Supper, about 1525–30, Simon Bening. Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment; 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 83v
The Last Supper, about 1525–30, Simon Bening. Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment; 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 83v

Things to know to decipher the images in one of the most depicted subjects in the history of art More»

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Crop Selection for the Getty Salad Garden

Amaranth in the Getty Salad Garden
Amaranth in the Getty Salad Garden. Photo: Abby Han

How did the Getty decide to grow unique vegetables like mizuna mustard and amaranth? More»

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Cleaning 700 Square Feet of Precious Tapestry

Weavers conserve a tapestry at the Gobelins Manufactory
Photo courtesy of the Gobelins Manufactory

Tapestries once owned by Louis XIV receive a high-tech cleaning. More»

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A Look Back at the Getty in 2015—And a Peek at 2016

James Cuno in his office at the Getty

The Getty president looks back at 2015, and ahead to 2016. More»

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Star Wars and Medieval Manuscripts

A Star Wars-inspired tour of celestial images in our manuscripts collection. More»

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What’s the Best Way to Learn Painting? Just Start!

Landscape
by Dinuk Magammana

Inspired by master paintings seen at the Getty, self-taught artist Dinuk Magammana began painting from imagination. More»

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Getty Salad Garden: Victoria Fu

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Visions of art, visions of salad. More»

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A Double-Sided Drawing Brings a Baron to Life

Detail of face of Portrait of Charles Benjamin de Langes de Montmirail, Baron de Lubieres / Liotard
Pastel on the verso (back) of the drawing is visible in the baron's skin tones

The hidden artistry of an 18th-century pastel. More»

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35,000-Year-Old Rock Art, Now in 3D

Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave, France. Rup’Art Productions
Chauvet Cave

How did filmmakers create a 3D experience of an ancient cave? More»

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Extending Learning Outside the Classroom: Daring Greatly with Self-Portraiture

Community Photoworks photo by Gracie Globerman
By Gracie Globerman

L.A. 10th graders explore self-expression through photography and writing More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Sword Safety

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Haircut gone wrong or prop sword mishap? It’s actually story of backstabbing and assassination. 

      Here’s the full story:

      Once a great Roman military general, Pompey, fled Italy for Egypt as Caesar began a civil war. 

      When he arrived at his Egyptian exile, what Pompey thought was a welcoming party turned out to be a group of assassins. (Surprise!)

      Set against a blood-red background, Pompey’s severed head rests at the feet of Caesar who makes a gesture of rebuke.

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      02/09/16

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