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A Beginner’s Guide to the Renaissance Book

Page in Liber amicorum
Page in Liber amicorum, 1602–12, Johann Heinrich Gruber. The Getty Research Institute, 870108. See full digitized book

A tour of the early printed page. More»

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The Art of Sculpting with Sugar

Sugar sculptures of palm trees and nymph
Trionfi (sugar sculptures) of palm trees and nymphs, Arnold van Westerhout. Etching, 6 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄4 in. In John Michael Wright, An Account of His Excellence Roger Earl of Castlemaine’s Embassy: From His Sacred Majesty James the IId., King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, &c., to His Holiness Innocent XI (London: Printed by Tho. Snowden for the author, 1688), pl. 13. The Getty Research Institute, 83-B3076

In Early Modern Europe, sugar became its own art form. More»

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“Paper Museum” Goes Digital

Screen capture from Digital Montagny

A 19th-century sketchbook goes digital. More»

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Join Getty Curators for #AskACurator Day on September 16

Arpad Kovacs #AskACurator

Experts are standing by. Ask them anything! More»

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Bringing Order to Harald Szeemann’s Unfiled Posters

Three posters from the Harald Szeemann archive
Three posters from Szeemann’s projects: 12 Environments (1968), signed by Christo; Documenta 5 (1972), designed by Edward Ruscha; and The Tendency towards the Gesamtkunstwerk (1983), designed by Markus Raetz. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30

How do you organize and catalog 1,200 posters? More»

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The Sun King Illuminated: An Emblem Book for Louis XIV

Escutcheon with a Landscape / Jacques Bailly
Escutcheon with a Landscape (detail) from Emblems for Louis XIV, text in French and Latin by Charles Perrault, illuminations by Jacques Bailly, about 1663–68. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 11, leaf 5

Sleuthing the symbols of Louis XIV in the Getty Center galleries. More»

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Louis XIV as Royal Spectator

Detail of Fireworks on the Grand Canal / Jean Lepautre
Detail of fireworks in Fifth Day: Fireworks on the Grand Canal

Louis XIV appears front-row center in two engravings celebrating his grand parties. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: The Research Papers of Elizabeth Roth, Keeper of Prints and Rare Books at the NYPL

Design for Fireworks Display
This print shows the design for a fireworks display that was scheduled to take place on June 22, 1763, near the Place Louis XV in Paris; the event was in celebration of the treaties marking the end of the Seven Years' War. The display features a façade elevated on a rocky island on the Seine and topped with an equestrian statue placed under a slender arch. Palm trees, exotic animals, putti, and allegorical figures appear among the rocks, while spectators are gathered on the shore.

A life’s work devoted to the unique art of festival books. More»

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Louis XIV’s Golden Dome

Facade of the Church of the Invalides / Pierre Lepautre after Jules Hardouin-Mansart
Facade of the Church of the Invalides, 1687, Pierre Lepautre after Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Etching and engraving from a bound volume of 14 prints (Bâtiments du roi, Paris, 1687). The Getty Research Institute, 1392-604

A rare print for the dome of the Invalides in Paris reflects Louis XIV’s ambitions to make Paris “a new European center of architectural magnificence.” More»

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6 Questions for the Getty’s Institutional Archivist

Nancy Enneking, Head of Institutional Records at the Getty, reviews photographs with her team of institutional archivist.
Nancy Enneking, Head of Institutional Records at the Getty, reviews photographs with her team of institutional archivist.

From a model of the Getty Center to a corrupt floppy disk, it’s all in there. More»

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