Walking through history.

Walking through history.

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.

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?)

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

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

centuriespast:

Johann Zahn. Specula Physico-Mathematico-Historica Notabilium ac Mirabilium Sciendorum. Nuremberg: Johann Christoph Lochner, 1696.
LSU Libraries Special Collections

We also have peculiar a face-on-chest man. He’s happy to not feel so alone in the world of books out there.

#NowOnView in Connecting Seas
Man from the Wilds of Asia, 1618, Giovanni Botero. Getty Research Institute. 

centuriespast:

Johann Zahn. Specula Physico-Mathematico-Historica Notabilium ac Mirabilium Sciendorum. Nuremberg: Johann Christoph Lochner, 1696.

LSU Libraries Special Collections

We also have peculiar a face-on-chest man. He’s happy to not feel so alone in the world of books out there.

#NowOnView in Connecting Seas

Man from the Wilds of Asia, 1618, Giovanni Botero. Getty Research Institute. 

A show #NowOnView at the Getty Center explores hatching in drawings.

Portrait of Joseph Roulin, 1888, Vincent van Gogh. J. Paul Getty Museum. 
Study of a Seated Woman, about 1730, Jean-Baptiste Pater. J. Paul Getty Museum.
A Falconer in a Landscape, 1557. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Self-Portrait by Charles Samuel Keene, about 1845. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Conservators found out a lot about Pollock’s painting process by examining Mural. This painting was made at an important turning point in his painting career.

"You can certainly glimpse in the application of the splattered paint in Mural how Pollock’s style is evolving. It’s a hint of things to come.” —Yvonne Szafran

More on the conservation discoveries here.
Mural will be on view at the Getty Center from March 11–June 1.

Conservators found out a lot about Pollock’s painting process by examining Mural. This painting was made at an important turning point in his painting career.

"You can certainly glimpse in the application of the splattered paint in Mural how Pollock’s style is evolving. It’s a hint of things to come.” —Yvonne Szafran

More on the conservation discoveries here.

Mural will be on view at the Getty Center from March 11June 1.

The road that leads to Goya.

The road that leads to Goya.

Another ceremony for requesting rain!
From Ceremonies et coustumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde, 1723-1743, Bernard Picart. Getty Research Institute.

Another ceremony for requesting rain!

From Ceremonies et coustumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde, 1723-1743, Bernard Picart. Getty Research Institute.

artschoolglasses:

Queen Victoria

b. May 24, 1819, d. Jan 22, 1901

Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to have her life fully documented by the camera. Seen as devoted wife, loving mother, powerful sovereign, and grieving widow, Queen Victoria’s portraits became powerful emblems of an entire age.

Photographs lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Queen Victoria throughout her reign are #NowOnView.

A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

Buckingham Palace, 1865-1875, Frederick York. J. Paul Getty Museum.


"If this photograph now appears lifelike to you, you had better reconsider what it means to be alive here and now." —Hiroshi Sugimoto

#NowOnView at the Getty, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense.
Queen Victoria, 1999, Hiroshi Sugimoto, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

"If this photograph now appears lifelike to you, you had better reconsider what it means to be alive here and now." Hiroshi Sugimoto

#NowOnView at the Getty, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense.

Queen Victoria, 1999, Hiroshi Sugimoto, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

The Getty Villa turns 40 years old today! 

Video from opening day in 1974. 

This smart daguerreotypist posed these sisters in a comfortable resting position for the long exposure which produced a relaxed and in-focus double portrait.
Two Girls Reclining on a Chaise Lounge, 1851-1854, Sheldon K. Nichols. J. Paul Getty Museum.

This smart daguerreotypist posed these sisters in a comfortable resting position for the long exposure which produced a relaxed and in-focus double portrait.

Two Girls Reclining on a Chaise Lounge, 1851-1854, Sheldon K. Nichols. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Happy New Year!
2014 is already brimming with exhibitions and events. Pollock, Los Angeles railways, scandalous James Ensor, jewelry from the ancient Byzantium, and more coming to the Getty this year. 
Preview the upcoming slate here!
Tower, Los Angeles Union Station, November 9, 1937, Edward Warren Hoak (American, 1901-78), graphite on architectural vellum. The Getty Research Institute (990035) 

Happy New Year!

2014 is already brimming with exhibitions and events. Pollock, Los Angeles railways, scandalous James Ensor, jewelry from the ancient Byzantium, and more coming to the Getty this year. 

Preview the upcoming slate here!

Tower, Los Angeles Union Station, November 9, 1937, Edward Warren Hoak (American, 1901-78), graphite on architectural vellum. The Getty Research Institute (990035) 

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