About: David Brafman

I've been the rare books curator at the Getty Research Institute since 2002. Before decamping from N.Y. to L.A., I was an adjunct professor in the NYU Classics Department and resident-expert at H.P. Kraus, Rare Books and Manuscripts, one of the world's leading dealers in rare books and manuscripts from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. I came to that circuitous career path by getting a Ph.D. in classics and Arabic from Duke University (and the irresistible urge to head straight back to N.Y. the second I finished my doctorate).

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16th-Century Album Records Social Network of Europeans in Istanbul

Leaf 119 verso and 120 recto from Johann Joachim Prack von Asch’s liber amicorum (book of friends), 1587–1612. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.24
Leaf 119 verso and 120 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” provides insight into European contact with the Ottoman Empire. More»

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The Getty Graffiti Black Book

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One of the first looks at some of the pages for the Getty Graffiti Black Book. We examined a few of our special collections volumes to compare illustrations.

A cross-century, cross-community collaboration between L.A. graffiti and tattoo artists—in the tradition of Albrecht Dürer. More»

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      Cinco de Mayo celebrates the first battle of Puebla, which the Mexican army won in 1862. This perspective theater commemorates the *second* battle of Puebla in 1863, which ended in the defeat of the Mexican army and set the stage for the brief French rule of Mexico.

      As we peek inside, we find ourselves behind masses of French soldiers moving toward the fort and city of Puebla, which is being defended by a smaller Mexican force.

      Diorama de la prise de Puebla (Diorama of the siege of Puebla), 1863, Guerin-Muller et Cie. Hand-colored lithograph. The Getty Research Institute

      05/05/15

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