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The Miracle of Paul Cézanne’s Watercolors

Still Life with Blue Pot, 1900–06, Paul Cézanne. Watercolor over graphite, 18 15/16 x 24 7/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 83.GC.221

Cézanne’s watercolors changed European art forever. More»

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An Art Book with a Surprise Inside

Front cover of Light Paper Process catalogue

The visual metaphor of the “sliver” informs an unusual book design. More»

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Inspiration for the Next Generation

Getty Books in the Classroom - free resources for teaching with art

New resource for teaching with art features suggested books, lesson plans, and discussion questions. More»

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How Much Do You Know about Color?

Brilliant History of Color quiz

Take this quiz to learn how much you *really* know about the rainbow. More»

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My Lifelong Quest for Color

Stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral
Stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral. Photo: Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P., CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Writer Victoria Finlay devotes her life to uncovering the human stories behind colors More»

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Posted in Art, Prints and Drawings, Publications

The Human Predicament, in Pastel

Waiting / Degas
Owned jointly with the Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena

An enigmatic pastel shows Degas’s talent for drawing human psychology. More»

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Posted in Art, Getty Research Institute, Publications

“As Inspiration Dictates”: Henri Matisse on Color

Chatting with Matisse

“Through his own unique voice, Matisse and his work come alive in new and unexpected ways.” More»

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Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games, and Why Your Kids Need to Know Classical Culture

A family visiting the Getty Villa explores ancient art, history, and mythology through frescoes from the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum.
Mosaic with boxers: A scene from the Aenied in which two boxers fight to a bloody end for the watching crowd. (The J. Paul Getty Museum, 71.AH.106)

The adventure and derring-do of ancient myth is an easy sell to kids, and parents too for that matter. But I believe your kids need to know more. More»

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Illuminating the End of Time

Page from Illuminating the End of Time from Getty Publications

2012 was the year proclaimed as the end of time by Mayan hieroglyphs, extra-terrestrial communicators, and bad disaster movies. The Getty Apocalypse, a medieval manuscript of the biblical Book of Revelation recently published as a facsimile by Getty Publications, suggests… More»

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Unlocking the Secrets of an Ancient Fountain

“Mudmen” pose in front of Chambers I and II at Peirene, on or about July 6, 1909

Do you picture archaeological sites as dry, dusty piles of stones? Meet Peirene, an ancient Greek ruin so tantalizing that archaeologists have literally died for it. Dry and dusty this place is not. The story of the alluring ruin is… More»

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