Mission style or “Spanish Colonial” architecture is a California signature. San Luis Rey de Francia was founded in 1798, yet shares many of the features of Los Angeles’ Union Station. Compare with The Huntington’s capture of the station to see just how similar in line and form these buildings really are. 
We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.
Mission, San Luis Rey de Francia, 1880, Carleton Watkins. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Mission style or “Spanish Colonial” architecture is a California signature. San Luis Rey de Francia was founded in 1798, yet shares many of the features of Los Angeles’ Union Station. Compare with The Huntington’s capture of the station to see just how similar in line and form these buildings really are. 

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

Mission, San Luis Rey de Francia, 1880, Carleton Watkins. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Say what?! Kids and adults working together to rewrite chivalry for the 21st century? Sounds like a heavy task.

Join us online or on site for the @chivalry-project.

curiousgetty:

Happy #museumcats day. This holiday is my favorite because I am named after the Getty Museum in California.

My humin says this is because I has the same colors in my furs as the Getty Gardens—desert browns, dappled sun, dark shade, travertine, smogs, white stone, and pretty bronze. But I think the real reason is that I has impeccable taste in arts and belong in a villa.

Anyway, I read every new post on the museum’s blog, the Iris. And I sneef and re-sneef all of their tweets. You should, too! thegetty

Good kitty!

Millais called this painting “the picture with the dreadful blue-and-white page in the corner.” Do you agree? 

The Ransom, 1860 - 1862, John Everett Millais. J. Paul Getty Museum.

What unexpected thing have you learned by working at a museum?

The more time you take with the art, the better. 

The first time I saw a work by James Turrell, my eyes totally deceived me. I walked into the room (Acton, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) and saw a gray rectangle “painting,” but I was baffled and could not figure it out—I got closer and closer until my face was pressed against the wall next to it, trying to figure out what it was. When my friend stuck her arm into the painting and revealed the illusion (a square cut into the wall and lit to look flat), my mind was blown! You got me so good, James.

Also, always offer to take a family photo for the tourists!

What do you wish you could tell all people about yourself, museums, or life? 

Everyone is creative.

Emily, Education Technologist at the Getty, July 24, 2014

Eid al-Fitr signals the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month where the pillar of fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. In fact, during this “sugar feast,” it is forbidden to fast!
The Mosque and Madrasa Complex of Sultan Hassan undoubtedly dominated the cityscape of medieval Cairo. What would festivities have looked like back then?

Kairo, Mosque Sultan Hassan, photolithograph, Photo Zürich, 1906. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Eid al-Fitr signals the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month where the pillar of fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. In fact, during this “sugar feast,” it is forbidden to fast!

The Mosque and Madrasa Complex of Sultan Hassan undoubtedly dominated the cityscape of medieval Cairo. What would festivities have looked like back then?

Kairo, Mosque Sultan Hassan, photolithograph, Photo Zürich, 1906. J. Paul Getty Museum.

On this day in history, a British colonial magistrate in India began using fingerprints as identifiers. It is considered the first official use of nature’s signature.
Can you find the painter’s accidental fingerprint on this Classical Athenian mug fragment? Click through for a close up!

On this day in history, a British colonial magistrate in India began using fingerprints as identifiers. It is considered the first official use of nature’s signature.

Can you find the painter’s accidental fingerprint on this Classical Athenian mug fragment? Click through for a close up!

I think it’s very important for museums to do more with children, so that the next generation is interested. Make it fun.

Something like a playground. A big, artsy playground.

Polina (@pollyshot), July 14, 2014.

Hey mosaic lovers! Ever dreamed of making a mosaic at a Roman Villa?

Well, we need your help piecing together a mosaic this week! Join artist Karen Silton at the Getty this Monday, 11 am - 3 pm. Full details here!

Masked Harlequin, the commedia dell’arte’s leading man, lures an innocent, elegantly dressed young lady into the world of prostitution. She’s caught the eye of a displeased young man, dressed in dapper clothes. They stand out in this scene of costumed characters in exaggerated clothing. 

Gillot’s light, quick brushstrokes mimics the satirical subject and lighthearted portrayal of human folly.

Fashion Fridays explores art, history, and costume inspired by the exhibition Rococo to Revolution #NowOnView

Scene from the Italian Comedy (recto), about 1700, Claude Gillot. The J. Paul Getty Museum

chivalry-project:

The Chivalry Project in Person
Join us Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, for the first two installments of our free manuscript-making workshops with artist Becca Lofchie at the Getty Center. Create and illustrate your own rule of chivalry, be it newly invented or tried and true! Handmade rules will be featured here on The Chivalry Project tumblr.
11am to 3:30pm both days.
Also to see: Chivalry in the Middle Ages, which inspired the project.
The Fourth Trumpet (detail), about 1255. (Text 2014.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 12v

chivalry-project:

The Chivalry Project in Person

Join us Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, for the first two installments of our free manuscript-making workshops with artist Becca Lofchie at the Getty Center. Create and illustrate your own rule of chivalry, be it newly invented or tried and true! Handmade rules will be featured here on The Chivalry Project tumblr.

11am to 3:30pm both days.

Also to see: Chivalry in the Middle Ages, which inspired the project.

The Fourth Trumpet (detail), about 1255. (Text 2014.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 12v

The Union Oil Center was completed in 1958 and became the highest building in downtown Los Angeles (mostly thanks to the convenient hill it is situated upon). 
This neighborhood became known for the 19th century oil boom. However, come the ’90s, the building was up for demolition. Saved by Hollywood, this building became the Los Angeles Center Studios complete with a “vertical backlot.” What other SoCal oil buildings have transformed in time? The Huntington has one.  
We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.
Union Oil Center, 1957, Julius Shulman. Getty Research Institute. Julius Shulman Photography Archive.

The Union Oil Center was completed in 1958 and became the highest building in downtown Los Angeles (mostly thanks to the convenient hill it is situated upon). 

This neighborhood became known for the 19th century oil boom. However, come the ’90s, the building was up for demolition. Saved by Hollywood, this building became the Los Angeles Center Studios complete with a “vertical backlot.” What other SoCal oil buildings have transformed in time? The Huntington has one.  

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

Union Oil Center, 1957, Julius Shulman. Getty Research Institute. Julius Shulman Photography Archive.

medievaliz:

demonagerie:

British Library, Harley 3244, detail of f. 58r. Bestiary. 1236-c.1250


Double wings!

medievaliz:

demonagerie:

British Library, Harley 3244, detail of f. 58r. Bestiary. 1236-c.1250

Double wings!

(via archivalia)

What can you hear at the museum?

Artist Elana Mann creates participatory sonic experiences and invites you to listen in. More on the Iris.

  • How do sounds change depending on your body position, your direction, your eyes open or closed, or the position of the histophone? 
  • Can you imagine sounds coming from the art, architecture, and gardens?
  • If a sculpture could speak, what would it say? 
  • What are sounds you can make with your own body? 
  • Can you hear the tectonic plates shifting underneath your feet? 
  • How are natural and man-made sounds mixing and blending in this environment? 

A list of the sounds that have reverberated through my body, 2013, Elana Mann. Cut photographs on paper. 

I’m all about color, but I love to take people’s portraits. I love getting to know people.

That’s why L.A. is so great. It’s colorful and full of different, interesting people.

Sara (@sara_cath), July 14, 2014.

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