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Ancient Sculpture Inspires Contemporary Jewelry

Jivita Harris-Casey in her studio
Jivita Harris-Casey in her studio. Photo courtesy of and © Jivita Harris-Casey

Jewelry designer Jivita Harris-Casey crafts silver using centuries-old techniques. More»

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Posted in Art & Archives, 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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Posted in Art, Art & Archives, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Villa

Put a Ring On It

Engagement Ring with a Greek Inscription / Byzantine
Image courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens

One ring and the two women who treasured it. 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.

      05/03/16

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