Flower Power!

On this day, in 1969, over 400,000 people came out for “Three Days of Peace and Music” at what is now the iconic Woodstock Festival. 

In honor of the 45th anniversary, we looked at our own wood stock and found this beautiful 18th century limewood relief. Groovy!

Carved Relief, Aubert-Henri-Joseph Parent, 1789, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Stand by me.
While the music stand came into popular use during the 14th century, it was during the latter half of the 18th century that they became highly specialized to the user’s need.
This elegant stand would have easily fit in with the luxurious decor of a salon, and features candle holders which allowed concerts to go on well into the night.
Music Stand, Martin Carlin, 1770-1775, J. Paul Getty Museum.

Stand by me.

While the music stand came into popular use during the 14th century, it was during the latter half of the 18th century that they became highly specialized to the user’s need.

This elegant stand would have easily fit in with the luxurious decor of a salon, and features candle holders which allowed concerts to go on well into the night.

Music Stand, Martin Carlin, 1770-1775, J. Paul Getty Museum.

This is a zebu, known today as a Brahma bull.
Images of zebus and elephants represented connections to India, the farthest reach of Alexander the Great’s expansive empire.
Zebu, 200 - 150 B.C., Greek, Seleucia Pieria (in present-day Turkey). J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman.

This is a zebu, known today as a Brahma bull.

Images of zebus and elephants represented connections to India, the farthest reach of Alexander the Great’s expansive empire.

Zebu, 200 - 150 B.C., Greek, Seleucia Pieria (in present-day Turkey). J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman.

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." 

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Art”.

The Perseid meteor shower is upon us!

Every year in mid-August, the Perseids seems to fly out of the constellation Perseus. Perseus, a Greek hero, is depicted here on his vase mid-pursuit of the winged gorgons.

Behave during this time, gorgons, or you might soon be missing your head.

Ladle with Perseus Chasing Gorgons, about 510 - 500 B.C., Attributed to the Theseus Painter. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Hesione who? 

Herakles rescues a king’s daughter, Hesione, from a raging sea monster sent by a spurned Poseidon. The myth mimics the well-known story of Perseus and Andromeda, but was never as popular in art and literature.

You can just see Herakles battling the monster at the bottom left of this ancient fresco. 

Fresco Fragment with Herakles and Hesione, about A.D. 70, Roman. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Louvre over!
On this day in 1793, the former royal residence was converted and opened to the public as Musée Central des Arts by the revolutionary government. The iconographic glass pyramid wasn’t added until 1989.
Today, the Louvre welcomes around 9 million guests every year.
Pavilion Mollien, the Louvre, Gustav Le Gray, 1859. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Louvre over!

On this day in 1793, the former royal residence was converted and opened to the public as Musée Central des Arts by the revolutionary government. The iconographic glass pyramid wasn’t added until 1989.

Today, the Louvre welcomes around 9 million guests every year.

Pavilion Mollien, the Louvre, Gustav Le Gray, 1859. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Weekend concerts continue here at the Getty with our Garden Concerts for Kids this Saturday and Sunday.

Humanity has enjoyed live music in gardens for centuries. And kids should be in on the fun.

Music in the Garden in Romance of the Rose, French, 1405. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The buttery textures of these French socialites’ gowns glisten with finery and riches. The woman in the middle, pregnant with her first, listens to the calming advice of her friends. 

Part of a series, this drawing reflects ideals of social and moral behavior in the upper classes of the 1700s. Dressed in the finest clothing with the most contemporary of hairstyles, these women chat and lounge in a perfect domestic setting.

Ahhh, the life.

"Have No Fear, My Good Friend," 1775, Jean-Michel Moreau le jeune. J. Paul Getty Museum.


Participants in the fête galante seemed uninhibited by the stiff conventions of formal society. 

Much like the Rococo fête galante, today’s modern music festivals feature a shrugging-off of inhibitions in favor of fun. 
Dance before a Fountain, Nicolas Lancret, 1721, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Participants in the fête galante seemed uninhibited by the stiff conventions of formal society. 

Much like the Rococo fête galante, today’s modern music festivals feature a shrugging-off of inhibitions in favor of fun. 

Dance before a Fountain, Nicolas Lancret, 1721, The J. Paul Getty Museum

A Brief History of Lighthouse Bureaucracy in the U.S.
On August 7, 1789, Congress created the grandly named Department of War and Lighthouse Service. In 1791 lighthouse oversight was transferred to the Treasury Department’s Lighthouse Establishment, and in 1852 to the United States Lighthouse Board. This board, in turn, was dissolved in 1910 favor of a Lighthouse Service under the Department of Commerce. This service, then—stay with us here—became part of the Coast Guard in 1939. Through this act, lighthouses once again returned to the Treasury Department. The Coast Guard became part of the Navy in 1941, returned to the Treasury in 1946, transferred to Transportation in 1967, and today falls under Homeland Security.
And what happened to the Department of War and Lighthouse Service? Today it’s the Department of Defense.
Point Pinos Lighthouse, Monterey, CA, 1870–75, Carleton Watkins. The J. Paul Getty Museum

A Brief History of Lighthouse Bureaucracy in the U.S.

On August 7, 1789, Congress created the grandly named Department of War and Lighthouse Service. In 1791 lighthouse oversight was transferred to the Treasury Department’s Lighthouse Establishment, and in 1852 to the United States Lighthouse Board. This board, in turn, was dissolved in 1910 favor of a Lighthouse Service under the Department of Commerce. This service, then—stay with us here—became part of the Coast Guard in 1939. Through this act, lighthouses once again returned to the Treasury Department. The Coast Guard became part of the Navy in 1941, returned to the Treasury in 1946, transferred to Transportation in 1967, and today falls under Homeland Security.

And what happened to the Department of War and Lighthouse Service? Today it’s the Department of Defense.

Point Pinos Lighthouse, Monterey, CA, 1870–75, Carleton Watkins. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol!
Born on August 6, 1928, Warhol (née Warhola) brought postmodern art out of the underground and into the limelight. 
Love him or hate him, his fifteen minutes turned into becoming one of the most recognizable artists in history.
Andy Warhol, New York City, 1966, Marie Cosindas, J. Paul Getty Museum. © Marie Cosindas

Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol!

Born on August 6, 1928, Warhol (née Warhola) brought postmodern art out of the underground and into the limelight. 

Love him or hate him, his fifteen minutes turned into becoming one of the most recognizable artists in history.

Andy Warhol, New York City, 1966, Marie Cosindas, J. Paul Getty Museum. © Marie Cosindas

May the design, colors, and textures of Union Station continue to be admired and appreciated for years to come. These photos were taken on the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the station. What did the opening celebration look like? The Huntington features it.

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.

What did you think of the James Ensor show?
It was great—grotesque. It’s funny, because if someone were to do that kind of work today, it would still get the same reaction.
Peter (@petehalvorsen), July 14, 2014.
One month left to see The Scandalous Art of James Ensor at the Getty Center. 
Seated Cardinal, 1975-77, Giacomo Manzù. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005.114. Gift of Fran and Ray Stark. Artwork © Inge Manzù

What did you think of the James Ensor show?

It was great—grotesque. It’s funny, because if someone were to do that kind of work today, it would still get the same reaction.

Peter (@petehalvorsen), July 14, 2014.

One month left to see The Scandalous Art of James Ensor at the Getty Center. 

Seated Cardinal, 1975-77, Giacomo Manzù. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005.114. Gift of Fran and Ray Stark. Artwork © Inge Manzù

From renderings to reality, Los Angeles’ Union Station is a beautiful monument to California, the City of Angels, and the many passengers who’ve come through. It’s the last week to see No Further West, but let’s always remember the celebration of the station. 

Main entrance, Union Station, 2013
Alameda Street Elevation, Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal (detail), July 16, 1936. Getty Research Institute
Ticket Concourse, Union Station, 2013
Main Concourse, Section XII, March 6, 1938, Edward Warren Hoak. Getty Research Institute
Tower, Section XII, with Early Proposal for Finial, November 9, 1937, Edward Warren Hoak. Getty Research Institute

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