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Heraldry Illuminated: Deciphering Coats of Arms and other Manuscript Mysteries

A Young Knight in Armor Kneeling in Prayer before Saint Anthony, Dreux Jean, from The Invention and Translation of the Body of Saint Anthony, about 1465-70. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XI 8, fol. 50
A Young Knight in Armor Kneeling in Prayer before Saint Anthony, Dreux Jean, from The Invention and Translation of the Body of Saint Anthony, about 1465-70. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XI 8, fol. 50

Help us solve a heraldry mystery. More»

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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Miscellaneous, Photographs, Film, and Video

Ansel Adams Captures the Struggle and Beauty of a Japanese-American Internment Camp

Entrance / Adams
Entrance to Manzanar, 1943, Ansel Adams. Gelatin silver print (printed 1984). Private collection; courtesy of Photographic Traveling Exhibitions

Ansel Adams photographs document life at the Manzanar internment camp during World War II. More»

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The Invention of the Light Bulb Did Not Conquer the Night

Moonlight, Wolf / Remington
Moonlight, Wolf, ca. 1909, Frederick Remington. Oil on canvas. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts(1956.2); gift of the members of the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Addison Gallery

How painters depicted darkness even as the world embraced artificial light More»

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The Color that Changed the Course of Art

Happy Lovers / Fragonard
Happy Lovers, 1760-65, Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 47 3/4 in. The Norton Simon Foundation, F.1965.1.021.P. © The Norton Simon Foundation

Prussian blue changed it all. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Villa

“A Great Passion for Old Stones and Walls”

erechtheion

Snapshots of Greece’s ancient monuments from an era before photography. More»

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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute, J. Paul Getty Museum

Dogs at the Medieval Banquet

A Hunter and Dogs Pursuing a Hare, about 1430–1440, Unknown. Tempera colors, gold paint, silver paint, and gold leaf on parchment, 10 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 27, fol. 85
A Hunter and Dogs Pursuing a Hare, about 1430–1440, Unknown. Tempera colors, gold paint, silver paint, and gold leaf on parchment, 10 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 27, fol. 85

Who let the dogs in? More»

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Posted in Manuscripts and Books

The Allure of Gems and Jewelry, from Medieval to Modern

Don’t miss the bear cubs, representing the Orsini (Italian for “Little Bears”) family, patiently holding up a gold cross. Initial A: King David, Matteo da Milano, about 1520. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 87, fol. 52v
Don’t miss the bear cubs, representing the Orsini (Italian for “Little Bears”) family, patiently holding up a gold cross. Initial A: King David, Matteo da Milano, about 1520. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 87, fol. 52v

The allure of gems, from medieval manuscripts to 21st-century style pages. More»

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A Renaissance Mystery, from a Marriage to a Sacrifice

The Sacrifice of Isaac / Andrea del Sarto
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

A chance discovery within an Andrea del Sarto panel. More»

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No Pain, No Rogaine: Hair Loss and Hairstyle in Ancient Rome

Bust of a Flavian Woman / Roman
Bust of a Flavian Woman, Roman, late 1st century. Marble, 26 ¾ in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 73.AA.13

Hairy adventures of the ancient Romans. More»

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The Rise and Fall of a Court Artist in Renaissance Italy

Initial A: Young Christ Blessing (detail) from Antiphonal P of San Giorgio Maggiore, Belbello da Pavia, about 1467-1470. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 96, verso
Initial A: Young Christ Blessing (detail) from Antiphonal P of San Giorgio Maggiore, Belbello da Pavia, about 1467-1470. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 96, verso

The unusual life tale of Renaissance illuminator Belbello da Pavia More»

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      A Vibrant Terracotta

      Made between 575 and 550 B.C., this beautiful attic black-figure amphora (a storage vessel) was attributed to the Pointed Nose Painter. Here’s a closeup of the pointy noses on this vessel. 

      Kinda cute.

      02/06/16

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