Manuscripts and Books

Art in bound form, from medieval manuscripts adorned with jewel colors and gold to contemporary artist’s books

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How Raw Sugar Transformed the European Banquet

Table with 100 Settings / Arte de reposteria
In early modern Europe, banquets became works of art. Table with 100 Settings. Engraving, 8 1/3 x 11 7/9 in. In Juan de la Mata, Arte de reposteria… (Madrid: Antonio Marin, 1747), pl. 10. The Getty Research Institute

Sugar as delicious status symbol. More»

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Talking the Global Middle Ages with Curator Bryan Keene

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Curator Bryan Keene takes questions from inquiring Instagrammers More»

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Who’s More Gluttonous, the Rich or the Poor?

The Temperate and the Intemperate in The Memorable Deeds and Sayings of the Romans, about 1475–80, Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, artist, Valerius Maximus, author. Tempera colors and ink on parchment, 6 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 43, recto
The Temperate and the Intemperate in The Memorable Deeds and Sayings of the Romans, about 1475–80, Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, artist, Valerius Maximus, author. Tempera colors and ink on parchment, 6 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 43, recto

The worst sin? Illuminated manuscripts present two different perceptions of gluttony. More»

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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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7 Things to Look for in Paintings of the Last Supper

The Last Supper, about 1525–30, Simon Bening. Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment; 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 83v
The Last Supper, about 1525–30, Simon Bening. Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment; 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 83v

Things to know to decipher the images in one of the most depicted subjects in the history of art More»

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Star Wars and Medieval Manuscripts

A Star Wars-inspired tour of celestial images in our manuscripts collection. More»

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Noodles Fit for the Mother of God

Detail of Joseph cooking in a Renaissance manuscript

A food historian recreates a dish that Mother Mary may have been served. More»

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Why Aren’t People Eating in Medieval Depictions of Feasts?

Temperate and the Intemperate, Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, miniature from Valerius Maximus, The Memorable Deeds and Sayings of the Romans, Bruges, about 1470-80, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 43, recto
Temperate and the Intemperate, Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, miniature from Valerius Maximus, The Memorable Deeds and Sayings of the Romans, Bruges, about 1470-80, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 43, recto

The medieval struggle to resist sin. More»

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The Origins of Flavored Waters

Recipes for distilling peach, bitter orange, citron, and lemon flower waters / Walther Hermann Ryff
Recipes for distilling peach, bitter orange, citron, and lemon flower waters. Hand-colored woodcuts from Walther Hermann Ryff’s Das new groß Distiller Buch (Frankfurt: Heirs of Christian Egenolff, 1556). The Getty Research Institute

Expensive flavored waters predate Whole Foods by centuries. More»

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Medieval Mysteries: Considering a Recent Acquisition

The Rejection of Joachim and Anna’s Offering, leaf from a book of hours, about 1410–30, attributed to the Rohan Master or immediate circle. Tempera colors and gold on parchment, 10 ¼ x 7 5/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 112, recto
The Rejection of Joachim and Anna’s Offering, leaf from a book of hours, about 1410–30, attributed to the Rohan Master or immediate circle. Tempera colors and gold on parchment, 10 ¼ x 7 5/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 112, recto

A manuscript page bursting with art historical mysteries. More»

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      Clocking in at a giant 400 square feet, this tapestry, Triumph of Bacchus, teems with tiny details and hidden narratives.

      Here are just three:

      • At bottom center, Bacchus poses on the world’s largest wine fountain.
      • To the left, a sad, Eeyore-like donkey waits for satyrs and men to unload grapes from his back.
      • To the right, a rowdy monkey rides a camel that carries wooden barrels—presumably to be filled with wine.

      The tapestry is one of the highlights of the exhibition Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV. (L.A. folks: final weekend!)

      More on The Iris: A Tour of the Triumph of Bacchus

      Triumph of Bacchus (overall view and details), about 1560, design by Giovanni da Udine under the supervision of Raphael; woven at the workshop of Frans Geubels, Brussels. Wool, silk, and gilt metal-wrapped thread. Courtesy of Le Mobilier National. Image © Le Mobilier National. Photo by Lawrence Perquis

      04/29/16

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