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

detailsofpaintings:

Franz Xavier Winterhalter, Queen Victoria (detail)
1842

"Winterhalter’s…popularity among patrons came from his ability to create the image his sitters wished or needed to project to their subjects. He was able to capture the moral and political climate of each court, adapting his style to each client until it seemed as if his paintings acted as press releases, issued by a master of public relations." —from our short bio on Winterhalter

detailsofpaintings:

Franz Xavier Winterhalter, Queen Victoria (detail)

1842

"Winterhalter’s…popularity among patrons came from his ability to create the image his sitters wished or needed to project to their subjects. He was able to capture the moral and political climate of each court, adapting his style to each client until it seemed as if his paintings acted as press releases, issued by a master of public relations." —from our short bio on Winterhalter

(via jaded-mandarin)

On July 9, 1846, the United States occupied the small port of Yerba Buena.
It was renamed San Francisco a year later.
Pictured are some of the new urban residents, following the population boom brought on by the Gold Rush of 1849.
The Cliff House, San Francisco, 1879-1880, Carleton Watkins. The J. Paul Getty Museum.

On July 9, 1846, the United States occupied the small port of Yerba Buena.

It was renamed San Francisco a year later.

Pictured are some of the new urban residents, following the population boom brought on by the Gold Rush of 1849.

The Cliff House, San Francisco, 1879-1880, Carleton Watkins. The J. Paul Getty Museum.

A new tumblr from artist Becca Lofchie invites you to remake, take issue with, and generally riff on chivalry for the postmodern age.
Lo! Let the critiquing and revamping begin: The Chivalry Project

A new tumblr from artist Becca Lofchie invites you to remake, take issue with, and generally riff on chivalry for the postmodern age.

Lo! Let the critiquing and revamping begin: The Chivalry Project

Peaks of downtown Los Angeles’ skyscrapers are framed by the construction of the I-105 freeway meeting the 110. Known as the “Century Freeway,” the 105 was part of the Caltrans 1960s master plan for the freeways in California. However, construction didn’t begin until the 1980s and was not completed until 1993. What did the 110 look like in the 1960s? The Huntington knows.
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.
[View North, I-105 at I-110, Los Angeles, January 15, 1991], 1991, John Humble. © John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Peaks of downtown Los Angeles’ skyscrapers are framed by the construction of the I-105 freeway meeting the 110. Known as the “Century Freeway,” the 105 was part of the Caltrans 1960s master plan for the freeways in California. However, construction didn’t begin until the 1980s and was not completed until 1993. What did the 110 look like in the 1960s? The Huntington knows.

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.

[View North, I-105 at I-110, Los Angeles, January 15, 1991], 1991, John Humble. © John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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