Art & Archives

Perspectives on art and art history, from classical art to contemporary architecture.

Handling a Cosmic Book Object
The Philosopher’s Stone, 1992, Barbara Fahrner and Daniel Kelm. Cardboard, steel pins, colored ink, pencil, watercolor, approximately 6 × 8 × 6 in. The Getty Research Institute, 94-B18918. © Barbara Fahrner and Daniel E. Kelm

Handling a Cosmic Book Object

Inside a book that is also a puzzle.

Deconstructing Myths about the Nude in Renaissance Art
Madonna and Child Surrounded by Angels, 1454–56, Jean Fouquet. Oil on panel, 36 1/4 x 32 7/8 in. Courtesy of Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen. Image © www.lukasweb.be–Art in Flanders vzw, photo Dominique Provost

Deconstructing Myths about the Nude in Renaissance Art

A new look at the rise of the nude in art.

A Dog’s Life, from Kyoto to Versailles
Pictured on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum: (background) Dog-shaped Box on a Low Table, Japanese, Edo period, late 17th-mid-18th century, lacquer. Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon

A Dog’s Life, from Kyoto to Versailles

The dramatic journey of a little dog-shaped box.

AUDIO: Palmyra – Loss and Remembrance
Shalmat and Atenatan, 135 - 150 C.E., Palmyran. Hard white limestone, 19 11/16 × 24 13/16 × 4 1/8 in. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

AUDIO: Palmyra – Loss and Remembrance

How funerary portraits illuminate cultural exchange in ancient Palmyra.

A Rare Look Inside a Golden Box
Pictured on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum: Peach-shaped Box, Japanese, Edo period, late 17th–mid-18th century, lacquer. Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

A Rare Look Inside a Golden Box

A closer look at a Japanese lacquer box owned by Marie-Antoinette.