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Finding the Fleur-de-Lis in Art

Lidded Bowl on Dish / Sèvres Manufactory
Lidded Bowl on Dish, 1764, Sèvres Manufactory. Soft-paste porcelain with polychrome enamel colors and gilding, 4 7/8 x 7 3/4 x 6 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 78.DE.65

Exploring the royal iris of French art More»

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Poem for a Victorious Athlete

Detail of the face and shoulders of the Statue of a Victorious Youth / Greek

Of time, frailty, and fleeting victories. More»

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Free Art Wallpapers to Celebrate #MuseumWeek

Vincent van Gogh's Irises as an iPhone background.
Vincent van Gogh's "Irises" makes for a beautiful wallpaper! Irises, 1889, Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas.

Van Gogh your devices. More»

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For Art History, Generosity Is the Real Power of the Internet

Amy Martin during a visit to the Getty
Amy Martin during a visit to the Getty

An art historian and blogger talks about open-access, the Baroque, and 17th-century executions More»

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Friendship and Stewardship

Thomas / Mapplethorpe
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Remembering Robert as client, friend, and artist More»

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“Black is the most essential color”: Odilon Redon’s Noirs

Apparition (detail) / Odilon Redon
Detail of Apparition showing the combination of charcoal and pastel

A fascination with darkness, insomnia, and dreams More»

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One Artist, Two Museums, Many Interpretations

Self-Portrait / Mapplethorpe
Gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

A preview of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium. More»

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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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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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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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      #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.

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