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16th-Century Album Records Social Network of Early Modern Europe

Leaf 57 verso and 58 recto from Johann Joachim Prack von Asch’s liber amicorum (book of friends), 1587–1612. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.24
Leaf 57 verso and 58 recto from Johann Joachim Prack von Asch’s liber amicorum (book of friends), 1587–1612. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.24 

Newly acquired “book of friends” reveals the vast social network at a crucial diplomatic time in 16th Century Europe More»

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Also posted in Behind the Scenes, Education

Art History Is for Kids!

Arrr, Holden!
Arrr, Holden!

Young (but savvy) pirate explorers conquer the Connecting Seas exhibition, offering some telling observations. More»

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Also posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Photographs, Film, and Video

Photographs of Africa from the Late 1800s

Women from Zanzibar, plate 40 / Edouard Foa
Women from Zanzibar, 1893, Edouard Foà. Albumen print in Views of Africa: Zanzibar et Côte-Quiloa-Dar es Salam-Tanga-Somalis, plate 40. Mount: 9 x 11 1/4 in. The Getty Research Institute, 93.R.114.1.2

Six albums by French explorer Edouard Foà reveal African society at the turn of the 20th century. More»

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Also posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations

Colorful Board Game Turns the French Colonies into Child’s Play

Trading Game: France - Colonies / O.P.I.M.
Trading Game: France—Colonies, 1941, O.P.I.M. (Office de publicite et d'impression), Breveté S.G.D.G. Lithograph on linen, 22 7/8 x 32 1/4 in. The Getty Research Institute, 970031.6

Through game play, French children master the craft of colonialism. More»

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Art & Architecture Thesaurus Now Available as Linked Open Data

Linked Open Data / Vincent van Gogh's Irises

A key reference database on art and architecture is now available for free download. More»

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Also posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Voices

Portraits of Africa, from Colonization to E-Waste | Getty Voices

Triumph of the Will (FARDC Soldiers Demonstrate the Purpose of an Old Belgian Commando Training Structure at Rumangabo Military Base) / Richard Mosse
© Richard Mosse. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse and Pieter Hugo create arresting portraits that evoke Africa’s colonial past. More»

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The Art of Search and Rescue

Dr. Frederick Pleasants at the Central Collecting Point / Johannes Felbermeyer
Dr. Frederick Pleasants with the 40,000th picture recovered at the Central Collecting Point in Munich, where Nazi-looted artwork was assembled and redistributed after the war. Photo by Johannes Felbermeyer. The Getty Research Institute, 89.P.4

Rare documents and photographs in the Research Institute’s collections tell the real-life story of key Monuments Men (and Women). More»

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Also posted in Art, Research

Beyond Digitization—New Possibilities in Digital Art History

Madonna, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Saint Paul / Bernardo Daddi
Digital Daddis. In the Getty Center galleries with Madonna, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Saint Paul, about 1330, Bernardo Daddi. Tempera and gold leaf on panel, 47 1/2 x 22 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 93.PB.16

Museums and libraries have digitized millions of works of art. Now what? More»

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Also posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, Conservation

Lifted Cellulose Nitrate: Conserving an Early Robert Mapplethorpe Object

Untitled box / Robert Mapplethorpe
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

A conservator’s view of a complex and unusual object by Robert Mapplethorpe. More»

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Getty Voices: Aztec Idols, Explorers, and Egyptomania

Bust of an Aztec Priestess / Jean Massard the Elder
Bust of an Aztec Priestess, Jean Massard the Elder. Lithograph in Alexander von Humboldt, Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique (Paris, 1813), plate 1. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B1535

How did one of the 19th century’s greatest scholars misidentify an Aztec sculpture as Egyptian? Simple: Egyptomania. More»

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