Mischievous monkey (sans wings), a tin man (or rather bronze) who needs a bit of oil, a derpy and cowardly lion, a wand-wielding shady witch, the scarecrow in pre-human form, angry Totos, and a little Dorothy at a junction in Kansas.
Look familiar? All the makings of art history’s version of Wizard of Oz, which debuted on this day in 1939.
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A Monkey, about 1270, Franco-Flemish. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Dancing Faun, 1722 - 1724, Pietro Cipriani. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Rattle in the Shape of a Lion, about 600 - 575 B.C., Greek. J. Paul Getty Museum.
The Shade of Samuel Invoked by Saul, about 1650 - 1656, Bernardo Cavallino. J. Paul Getty Museum.
A Summer Scene, 1787, Hendrik Meyer. J. Paul Getty Museum.
A Hunter and Dogs Pursuing a Fallow Deer, about 1430 - 1440. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Group at Junction, Kansas, 1867, Alexander Gardner. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Portrait of Louis XIV, after 1701, Workshop of Hyacinthe Rigaud. J. Paul Getty Museum.