It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. —Henry David Thoreau

Tomorrow is slowartday! For how to get involved IRL, check out their site.
Online, check back tomorrow for some high-res eye candy. Our curators and educators picked out some beautiful artworks to share with you digitally.
All will have zoomable options so you can soak in every part of these detailed masterpieces.
Look long, look slow! 

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. 
—Henry David Thoreau

Tomorrow is slowartday! For how to get involved IRL, check out their site.

Online, check back tomorrow for some high-res eye candy. Our curators and educators picked out some beautiful artworks to share with you digitally.

All will have zoomable options so you can soak in every part of these detailed masterpieces.

Look long, look slow! 


We cannot know his legendary head with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso is still suffused with brilliance from inside, like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low, gleams in all its power. Otherwise the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could a smile run through the placid hips and thighs to that dark center where procreation flared.Otherwise this stone would seem defaced beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders and would not glisten like a wild beast’s fur: would not, from all the borders of itself, burst like a star: for here there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life. 
Archaic Torso of Apollo by Rainer Maria Rilke

Apollo Crowning Himself, 1781, Antonio Canova. J. Paul Getty Museum.

We cannot know his legendary head with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso is still suffused with brilliance from inside, like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low, 

gleams in all its power. Otherwise the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could a smile run through the placid hips and thighs to that dark center where procreation flared.

Otherwise this stone would seem defaced beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders and would not glisten like a wild beast’s fur: 

would not, from all the borders of itself, burst like a star: for here there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life. 

Archaic Torso of Apollo by Rainer Maria Rilke

Apollo Crowning Himself, 1781, Antonio Canova. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Byzantine jewelry completely opposes the church’s condemnation of excessive luxury.

But these pieces stand as a testament to Byzantine affluence, social habits, and technical achievements of their cosmopolitan culture.

Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections now open!

#NowOnView

Necklace, 4th century. Marion, Cyprus, Greece.. Image courtesy of the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, no. Z.438.1 
Bracelets, 9th–10th century. Constantinople, Turkey. Image courtesy of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki


I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end.I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. 

Poem and painting by William Blake.Full poem here→ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175222Satan Exulting over Eve, 1795, William Blake. Graphite, pen and black ink, and watercolor.

I was angry with my friend; 
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe: 
I told it not, my wrath did grow. 

Poem and painting by William Blake.

Full poem here→ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175222

Satan Exulting over Eve, 1795, William Blake. Graphite, pen and black ink, and watercolor.

supercalifragilisticly:

Got helped by a very nice girl to finish this task for the #gettyscavangerhunt #gettycollegenight (at The Getty Museum, Los Angeles)

supercalifragilisticly:

Got helped by a very nice girl to finish this task for the #gettyscavangerhunt #gettycollegenight (at The Getty Museum, Los Angeles)

More thoughts on last night’s Game of Thrones from our Medieval manuscripts curator:

"You thought the human…erm…munchies in last night’s Two Swords was bad? 
Well, cannibalism between enemies is one thing, but when a mother is forced to eat her own child as seen in this illuminated manuscript, it’s medieval desperation at its worst!” 

Yikes!

More thoughts on last night’s Game of Thrones from our Medieval manuscripts curator:

"You thought the human…erm…munchies in last night’s Two Swords was bad?

Well, cannibalism between enemies is one thing, but when a mother is forced to eat her own child as seen in this illuminated manuscript, it’s medieval desperation at its worst!” 

Yikes!

Winter is coming. All men must die. And Game of Thrones is back!

Stay tuned each week as we unpack Sunday’s episodes through medieval masterpieces.

The season premiere didn’t waste any time jumping right into the action. We had a typical, sizzling brothel scenea tense arrival of foreigners, some hearty, growing teenage dragons; a bloody tavern fight, the fitting of a golden hand; and some creepy crucifixion-like deaths, pointing toward something much darker down the road.

Advice from our curator: Joffrey, the next time you manhandle a rare and expensive manuscript containing the deeds of your Kingsguard, make sure to do so with clean hands. Saves some time for our conservators later. (And doesn’t the White Book scream Flower of Battle?)

Drama. Politics. Romance. Bloodshed. Dragons. Medieval Times.

These are not just descriptors of our illuminated manuscripts, but also celebratory words to commemorate the return of Game of Thrones!

Stay tuned each week as we unpack Sunday’s episodes through medieval masterpieces.

All Men Must Die.

Expressive ink lines bring this marine scene to life.
For even more intense detail, check out the centaur statues that decorate the upper deck of the ship in port.
A Ship in Port with a Ruined Obelisk, about 1650-1655, Pierre Puget. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Expressive ink lines bring this marine scene to life.

For even more intense detail, check out the centaur statues that decorate the upper deck of the ship in port.

A Ship in Port with a Ruined Obelisk, about 1650-1655, Pierre Puget. J. Paul Getty Museum.


“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?Come to my arms, my beamish boy!O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”He chortled in his joy.

Photography and poem by Lewis Carroll
Full poem here→ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171647Saint George and the Dragon, by Lewis Carroll, 1875. Albumen silver print. J. Paul Getty Museum.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

Photography and poem by Lewis Carroll

Full poem here→ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171647

Saint George and the Dragon, by Lewis Carroll, 1875. Albumen silver print. J. Paul Getty Museum.

The wife and the daughter of the Nepalese prime minister during the early years of photography. 

From the Getty Research Institute’s collection of “Portraits of women from the court of Nepal.”

[Portrait of Hiranyagarbha Kumari, detail], about 1870. Hand-colored albumen print. Getty Research Institute.
[Portrait of Lalit Kumari, detail], about 1870. Hand-colored albumen print. Getty Research Institute.

The Annunciation through the lens of a 17th century Dutch painter. 

The Annunciation, about 1660-1665, Godfried Schalcken. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Tumblr Pro since the advent of photography.

Portrait of a Man, about 1854, Unknown maker. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Portrait of a Man Reading a Newspaper, about 1842, John Plumbe, Jr. J. Paul Getty Museum.
[Portrait of an Asian Man in Top Hat], about 1856, James P. Weston. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Inspired by the success of the Open Content Program, which provides free access to over 10,000 artwork images for any purpose, the Getty is pleased to announce the launch of the world’s first art history cologne, Eau d’Open.
With a base of parchment and pottery sherds, tempered by high notes of varnish, Sèvres porcelain, and Renaissance typography, the unisex fragrance will begin shipping from the Getty Store by May 1, with free digital download planned for later this year.
More on the release: here!
Mischief and Repose (detail, with perfume bottle added), 1895, John William Godward. Oil on canvas, 23 x 51 1/2 in. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Inspired by the success of the Open Content Program, which provides free access to over 10,000 artwork images for any purpose, the Getty is pleased to announce the launch of the world’s first art history cologne, Eau d’Open.

With a base of parchment and pottery sherds, tempered by high notes of varnish, Sèvres porcelain, and Renaissance typography, the unisex fragrance will begin shipping from the Getty Store by May 1, with free digital download planned for later this year.

More on the release: here!

Mischief and Repose (detail, with perfume bottle added), 1895, John William Godward. Oil on canvas, 23 x 51 1/2 in. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Inner-City Arts nestles in the warehouse district of downtown L.A. like a lustrous pearl in an oyster. Amidst poverty, homelessness, and acres of concrete, it’s an oasis of creative potential.
We’re proud to volunteer for and support this wonderful organization, which has brought the joy of art-making to over 150,000 kids—and counting.
Inner-City Arts nestles in the warehouse district of downtown L.A. like a lustrous pearl in an oyster. Amidst poverty, homelessness, and acres of concrete, it’s an oasis of creative potential.

We’re proud to volunteer for and support this wonderful organization, which has brought the joy of art-making to over 150,000 kids—and counting.

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