Prints and Drawings

Works on paper from the Renaissance to 1900, including European drawings and a vast variety of prints, from Piranesi’s etchings to the first copperplate prints produced in China

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Royal Cavities: The Bitter Implications of Sugar Consumption in Early Modern Europe

Dentist / Jan van der Bruggen
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The sweet tooth of European royalty and its rotten consequences. More»

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Comestibles—With a Side of Comedy—in Medieval and Renaissance Theater

The Arsehole delivers an ultimatum to The Man and his Senses
Photo courtesy of and © Sharon King

Gluttony, tall tales, and raunchy humor on the classical stage. More»

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A Double-Sided Drawing Brings a Baron to Life

Detail of face of Portrait of Charles Benjamin de Langes de Montmirail, Baron de Lubieres / Liotard
Pastel on the verso (back) of the drawing is visible in the baron's skin tones

The hidden artistry of an 18th-century pastel. More»

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The Original Turducken

Feast with stuffed ox / Hogenber
Feast with stuffed ox (detail), 1530, in Nicholas Hogenber, Procession of Pope Clement VII and the Emperor Charles V after the coronation at Bologna on the 24th February, MDXXX. Hand-colored etching pasted on canvas scroll. The Getty Research Institute

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A Smartly Costumed Soldier and His Fierce Cat

An Azappo Archer with a Cheetah
An Azappo Archer with a Cheetah, about 1575, Jacopo Ligozzi. Brush, pen and brown ink, tempera colors, and painted gold, 11 1/16 x 8 3/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 91.GG.53

An extraordinary portrait of a Turkish soldier and his feline sidekick. More»

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Celebrating Sugar in “The Edible Monument”

Marcia Reed and Ivan Day
Marcia Reed and Ivan Day installing the sugar sculpture in The Edible Monument

Talking sugar with the chief curator of the Getty Research Institute. More»

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The Weird and Wonderful Edible Monuments of Early Modern Europe

Festa della Porchetta in Bologna / Belmondo

When architecture was made of food. More»

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This Just In: A Sugar Sculpture in Technicolor

Detail of etching of sugar sculpture / Teyler after Lenardi

A fantastic episode from the history of edible propaganda. More»

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Depicting the Sacred through Fabric

Studies of Christ’s Loincloth / Master of the Coburg Roundels
Studies of Christ’s Loincloth, about 1490, Master of the Coburg Roundels. Pen and brown and black ink with brown and gray wash, 11 x 8 1/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 93.GA.10

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17th-Century Print Offers a Field Guide to Laziness and Gluttony

Description of the Land of Cockaigne, Where Whoever Works the Least Earns the Most / Remondini
Description of the Land of Cockaigne, Where Whoever Works the Least Earns the Most, 1606, Remondini family (Bassano). Hand-colored engraving, 16 5/16 x 21 7/8 in. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.72

“Here you only worry about being happy!” More»

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