About: Michael J. Ripps

I studied history at the Universities of Virginia and Cambridge and later read art history at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the University of Oxford. My doctoral thesis (Oxford), which I defended in the fall of 2010, examined the trade in 17th-century Dutch pictures in the period 1882 to 1914. I'm currently affiliated with the J. Paul Getty Museum's Paintings Department (through May 2012), where I'm assisting in preparations for the Museum's online catalog.

Posts by Michael J.

Posted in Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings

Anatomy of a Horse Painting

The Piebald Horse / Paulus Potter

In George Stubbs’s Brood Mares and Foals, which arrived at the Museum in October as a temporary anonymous loan, horses are sympathetically portrayed within the bucolic landscape of the English countryside. The overriding mood is idyllic, as a small coterie… More»

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      Princess Leia hair is so totally 300 A.D.

      A proto-Princess Leia emerges from this 1,700-year-old terracotta lamp created in North Africa. 

      We may have Roman North Africa to thank for the famous Leia hairstyle, as this braided look appears on depictions of women in ancient artworks from this region, such as the terracotta lamp (left) at the Getty and the marble sculpture (right) at the Met.

      09/04/15

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