The LA River and its tributaries twist and turn through many neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This concrete creation was a result of not-so-uncommon flooding in the 19th century. The Huntington has proof.
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.
The Los Angeles River from the Florence Avenue Bridge, 2001, John Humble. J. Paul Getty Museum. © John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery.

The LA River and its tributaries twist and turn through many neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This concrete creation was a result of not-so-uncommon flooding in the 19th century. The Huntington has proof.

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.

The Los Angeles River from the Florence Avenue Bridge, 2001, John Humble. J. Paul Getty Museum. © John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery.

Why should we beware of you?

Because I’m special.

Do you have special powers?

No. I’m just special.


Ivy, July 8, 2014

Getty Center turns into giant art game this Saturday. Come be a part of it!

Getty Center turns into giant art game this Saturday. Come be a part of it!

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!

Or, Happy 408th Birthday, Rembrandt!

Born July 15,1606, the great Dutch painter is known for his lively brushwork and genius play of light and dark.

Rembrandt Laughing, about 1628, Rembrandt van Rijn. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Vive la France!

The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 was a major catalyst responsible for rallying Parisians to pursue liberté, égalité, and fraternité via the French Revolution.

Prints of the French Revolution, 1789, Laurent Guyot. The J. Paul Getty Museum.

chivalry-project:

Unkempt party guests are an affront. Always remember to dress for the occasion.
A Royal Wedding Feast with an Unsuitably Dressed Guest Cast into Darkness, 1469, Follower of Hans Schilling, in Barlaam and Josephat. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 9, fol. 88v
This page on view at the Getty July 8–September 21, 2014.

Get it together or talk to the hand. 

chivalry-project:

Unkempt party guests are an affront. Always remember to dress for the occasion.

A Royal Wedding Feast with an Unsuitably Dressed Guest Cast into Darkness, 1469, Follower of Hans Schilling, in Barlaam and Josephat. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 9, fol. 88v

This page on view at the Getty July 8–September 21, 2014.

Get it together or talk to the hand. 

lostsplendor:

Bonnacon and Boar, Northumberland Bestiary c. 1250-1250 via Getty Open Content Program
When viewing this manuscript, you might consider the following: What variety of horrible exchange is going on in this manuscript? What unseemly creature am I seeing right now?
Let’s talk about the Bonnacon:
"The bonnacon (also called the bonacon or the bonasus) is a mythical animal from Asia. It has curled horns and when startled sprays acidic dung that burns on contact with skin “like a kind of fire”. The legend may be based on a type of bison in reality.” via Wikipedia, Bonnacon
Medieval manuscripts are serious business, guys. /throwing up hands in abandon

See also: monocentaurus. See also also: manticore.

lostsplendor:

Bonnacon and Boar, Northumberland Bestiary c. 1250-1250 via Getty Open Content Program

When viewing this manuscript, you might consider the following: What variety of horrible exchange is going on in this manuscript? What unseemly creature am I seeing right now?

Let’s talk about the Bonnacon:

"The bonnacon (also called the bonacon or the bonasus) is a mythical animal from Asia. It has curled horns and when startled sprays acidic dung that burns on contact with skin “like a kind of fire”. The legend may be based on a type of bison in reality.” via Wikipedia, Bonnacon

Medieval manuscripts are serious business, guys. /throwing up hands in abandon

See also: monocentaurus. See also also: manticore.

Olé, Olé, Olé!
On this day in 1930, the inaugural games of the FIFA World Cup took place in Uruguay. Today, the 2014 FIFA World Cup comes to a close with Argentina versus Germany.
While no one seems to care about the rag-tag ball game happening here, we know all eyes will be on Brazil today!
A Jeu de Paume Before a Country Palace, 1614, Adriaen van de Venne. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Olé, Olé, Olé!

On this day in 1930, the inaugural games of the FIFA World Cup took place in Uruguay. Today, the 2014 FIFA World Cup comes to a close with Argentina versus Germany.

While no one seems to care about the rag-tag ball game happening here, we know all eyes will be on Brazil today!

A Jeu de Paume Before a Country Palace, 1614, Adriaen van de Venne. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Why can’t humans and apes just get along?
Apes in the Northumberland Bestiary, 1250–60. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Why can’t humans and apes just get along?

Apes in the Northumberland Bestiary, 1250–60. The J. Paul Getty Museum

“In the Byzantine Empire, as today, rings exchanged during the marriage rite witnessed a couple’s legitimate union. Three rings were associated with this rite of passage: one ring for engagement and two for marriage. The bezels were decorated with images and words of symbolic importance or inscribed with the names of the couple. In Greek Orthodox custom, following the Byzantine tradition, the ring is worn on the right, or “correct” hand, related to the acceptability of the marriage through an ancient rite of the clasping of the right hands.”

Put a Ring On It

Engagement Ring with a Greek Inscription, about A.D. 1175–1300. Gold and enamel, 1 3/16 in. diam. Image courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens

"A List Of Shameful Conditions"

A List of Shameful Conditions & Operations

To live alone.
To arrive at a social gathering alone. (Desired by no one?)
To go outside in clothing not suited to the weather.
To say something that can be traced to someone else.
To have nowhere to go Saturday night.
To have no interest in Jacques Lacan.
To have no friend with a summer cottage.
To have no family.
To be dirty, to smell.
To have no interest in people.
To be gossiped about.
To be sexually betrayed.
To be ignorant of current popular music.
To be disloyal to a friend.
To gossip.
To grow fat.
To become middle-aged.
To lose one’s beauty.
To be enraged.
To be deserted by a husband or lover.
To be inordinately ambitious.
To have more money than your friends.
To have less money than your friends.
To be different from your neighbors.
To not understand what is said to you. 
To not recognize someone.
To forget a name.
To lose one’s powers.
To go down in the world.
To be bored with one’s friends.
To be thought of as superior to what one knows oneself to be.
To discover what one thought was common knowledge about oneself is not.
To discover that closely guarded information about oneself is common knowledge.
To have less knowledge than one’s students.

Yvonne Rainer

Have you been here before?
Victoria: I have. He hasn’t.
Allan: She dragged me here.
Is there something specific you brought him to see?
The garden. I don’t have a green thumb. Everything I plant dies. So I like to visit places with plants.
Victoria and Allan, July 8, 2014

Have you been here before?

Victoria: I have. He hasn’t.

Allan: She dragged me here.

Is there something specific you brought him to see?

The garden. I don’t have a green thumb. Everything I plant dies. So I like to visit places with plants.

Victoria and Allan, July 8, 2014

It seems as though the artist sketched her as she daydreamed.

Bold outlines and sketchy curls highlight the exuberant energy of her youth. Her striped bodice and wreaths of ruffled collar are a brilliant focal point of what might have been a portrait of a dear family member.

Costume Profile: Pre-Revolutionary Beauty

Fabric: Silk & linen 
To be worn: In the intimacy of the home

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

Portrait of a Young Lady in Profile, about 1783-1785, Henri-Pierre Danloux. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The now-extinct aspidochelone (“asp turtle”).
Just as heedless man mistakes the creature for an island and is thus pulled inexorably to his doom, so too are sinners lured by the guile of the Devil into the fathomless depths.
Two Fishermen on a Sea Creature (detail), about 1270, Unknown illuminator. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The now-extinct aspidochelone (“asp turtle”).

Just as heedless man mistakes the creature for an island and is thus pulled inexorably to his doom, so too are sinners lured by the guile of the Devil into the fathomless depths.

Two Fishermen on a Sea Creature (detail), about 1270, Unknown illuminator. The J. Paul Getty Museum

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