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The Metamorphoses of Danaë: From Venal to Virtuous to Voluptuous Woman

Danae / Gentileschi
Danaë, 1621–23, Orazio Gentileschi. Oil on canvas, 63 5/8 x 89 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016.6. Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

Modest maiden or lascivious lover? More»

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A Night at the Museum: Getty/USC Game Jam Is Back

Getty Game Jam 2016

USC students game the Getty. More»

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Inside the L.A. Studio of Artist Marnie Weber

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Mash-ups of Getty decorative arts, women, animals—and monsters More»

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Photography and Memory in the Wake of a Tsunami

Portrait of Cultivation from Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Shore) / Shiga Lieko
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Shiga Lieko

“In the space of photographs, there is no past, present or future.” More»

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Instagram Inspiration from the Old Masters

Sketch by Franklin Lei of Bernini's marble Bust of Pope Paul V
Sketch by Franklin Lei of Bernini's marble Bust of Pope Paul V. Courtesy of and © Franklin Lei

“I am able to capture so much more with my eyes than what I would from studying a photograph.” More»

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Behind the Scenes of a Special Exhibition at the Getty

Maxime LaLanne / Castle Overlooking a River
Gift of Richard A. Simms.

How a drawings show takes shape. More»

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Getty Museum Honored for Exhibitions and Acquisitions

Installation view of "Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture," at the Getty Museum in 2015.

Getty Museum staff take home honors for exhibitions and programs in 2015. More»

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L.A. Band Writes Techno Music Inspired by Van Gogh

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Van Gogh’s painting inspires a song “Drowning in Irises” by Dance Spirit More»

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Talking the Global Middle Ages with Curator Bryan Keene

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Curator Bryan Keene takes questions from inquiring Instagrammers More»

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18th-Century Clock Reminds Us That Time Flies

Wall Clock / French
Partial gift of Dr. Horace W. Brock in memory of Philippe Kraemer

A newly acquired masterpiece from the great age of clock-making. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

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

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

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

      05/03/16

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