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.

The moon was visible, yet unreachable by keen astronomers like John herschel in the late 19th century. This photograph is actually of a detailed papier-mâché model of a moon crater. 

Moon Crater, late 1850s, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

We went to the moon in 1969.

But humans have been looking at and recording Earth’s moon for centuries and centuries.

The Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars,about 1250-1260, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Two Diagrams with the Sun and the Moon, after 1277, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Mantel Clock, about 1790-1800, Movement by Nicolas-Alexandre Folin; enamel plaques by Georges-Arien Merlet. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Moon Landscape, late 1850s, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

davevaleza:

Getty Villa café, 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Giorgio Vasari once said Leonardo da Vinci was “so delighted when he saw curious heads, whether bearded or hairy, that he would follow anyone who had thus attracted his attention for a whole day.”
Are you the next Leonardo?

Caricature of a Man with Bushy Hair, about 1495, Leonardo da Vinci. J. Paul Getty Museum.

davevaleza:

Getty Villa café, 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Giorgio Vasari once said Leonardo da Vinci was “so delighted when he saw curious heads, whether bearded or hairy, that he would follow anyone who had thus attracted his attention for a whole day.”

Are you the next Leonardo?

Caricature of a Man with Bushy Hair, about 1495, Leonardo da Vinci. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Big hair, light steps.

This drawing is of a 18th century high society English woman wearing all the in vogue styles of the time.

Observing and sketching high-dressed and fashionable ladies strolling through St. James’ Park in London was an important preparatory step for Thomas Gainsborough. Though the commission for King George III of England was never executed, many drawings remain, including this one from the britishmuseum.

A Lady Walking, about 1785, Thomas Gainsborough. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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