Millais called this painting “the picture with the dreadful blue-and-white page in the corner.” Do you agree? 

The Ransom, 1860 - 1862, John Everett Millais. J. Paul Getty Museum.

What unexpected thing have you learned by working at a museum?

The more time you take with the art, the better. 

The first time I saw a work by James Turrell, my eyes totally deceived me. I walked into the room (Acton, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) and saw a gray rectangle “painting,” but I was baffled and could not figure it out—I got closer and closer until my face was pressed against the wall next to it, trying to figure out what it was. When my friend stuck her arm into the painting and revealed the illusion (a square cut into the wall and lit to look flat), my mind was blown! You got me so good, James.

Also, always offer to take a family photo for the tourists!

What do you wish you could tell all people about yourself, museums, or life? 

Everyone is creative.

Emily, Education Technologist at the Getty, July 24, 2014

Hey mosaic lovers! Ever dreamed of making a mosaic at a Roman Villa?

Well, we need your help piecing together a mosaic this week! Join artist Karen Silton at the Getty this Monday, 11 am - 3 pm. Full details here!

Masked Harlequin, the commedia dell’arte’s leading man, lures an innocent, elegantly dressed young lady into the world of prostitution. She’s caught the eye of a displeased young man, dressed in dapper clothes. They stand out in this scene of costumed characters in exaggerated clothing. 

Gillot’s light, quick brushstrokes mimics the satirical subject and lighthearted portrayal of human folly.

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

Scene from the Italian Comedy (recto), about 1700, Claude Gillot. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The moon was visible, yet unreachable by keen astronomers like John herschel in the late 19th century. This photograph is actually of a detailed papier-mâché model of a moon crater. 

Moon Crater, late 1850s, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

We went to the moon in 1969.

But humans have been looking at and recording Earth’s moon for centuries and centuries.

The Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars,about 1250-1260, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Two Diagrams with the Sun and the Moon, after 1277, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Mantel Clock, about 1790-1800, Movement by Nicolas-Alexandre Folin; enamel plaques by Georges-Arien Merlet. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Moon Landscape, late 1850s, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Big hair, light steps.

This drawing is of a 18th century high society English woman wearing all the in vogue styles of the time.

Observing and sketching high-dressed and fashionable ladies strolling through St. James’ Park in London was an important preparatory step for Thomas Gainsborough. Though the commission for King George III of England was never executed, many drawings remain, including this one from the britishmuseum.

A Lady Walking, about 1785, Thomas Gainsborough. J. Paul Getty Museum.

A Writer’s Tools

A writer’s tools might include an inkwell and papyrus scrolls or less expensive wax tablets and stylus. The tablets could also be bound and they could be erased with the flat end of the stylus. Papyrus was made of the pith of a water plant; ink was a mixture of soot, resin, wine dregs and cuttlefish.

Roman Terracotta Inkwell (1st or 2nd Century A.D.)

Roman/Egyptian Papyrus Letter (early 3rd Century A.D.)

Byzantine/Egyptian Wooden Tablet (500-700 A.D.)

Roman Bronze Stylus (1st or 2nd Century A.D.)

  (x)(x)(x)(x) The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

So beautiful!

(via 336bc)

A peek beneath the skin. Anatomy for your Thursday. 

Tabvla libri IIII. from Vivae imagines partivm corporis hvmani aereis formis expressae, 1566, Frans Huys, Pierre Huys and Andreas Vesalius. Getty Research Institute.
Votive Statuette
, 4th century B.C., Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Surgical anatomy
, 1851, Joseph Maclise. Getty Research Institute.
Male figure with skin removed
from Vivae imagines partivm corporis hvmani aereis formis expressae, 1566, Andreas Vesalius. Getty Research Institute.

Beautiful work by architect Richard Meier! The curves at the entrance of the museum are designed to soften the grids created by the travertine squares.

Beautiful work by architect Richard Meier! The curves at the entrance of the museum are designed to soften the grids created by the travertine squares.

deyoungmuseum:

Happy National Donut Day, everybody! Feast your eyes on Wayne Thiebaud’s Dark Cupcakes and Donuts to celebrate. Nom nom!
Wayne Thiebaud (American, b. 1920). Dark Cupcakes and Donuts, 2006. Gravure on gampi paper chine collé. Crown Point Press Archive, gift of Crown Point Press. 2010.39.19.5

We’ve got fruit, we’ve got game, but we don’t have doughnuts. Thanks for yours, deyoungmuseum!

deyoungmuseum:

Happy National Donut Day, everybody! Feast your eyes on Wayne Thiebaud’s Dark Cupcakes and Donuts to celebrate. Nom nom!

Wayne Thiebaud (American, b. 1920). Dark Cupcakes and Donuts, 2006. Gravure on gampi paper chine collé. Crown Point Press Archive, gift of Crown Point Press. 2010.39.19.5

We’ve got fruit, we’ve got game, but we don’t have doughnuts. Thanks for yours, deyoungmuseum!

eyerockphere:

i didn’t really get a good picture of it, but this was my favorite painting at the getty. i don’t really even know how to describe why i love it.

There is such overwhelming detail and color, it’s hard to photograph! Here’s a high res file (that you can download if you wish) to zoom and scroll around in. Happy viewing!

Baronne de Domecy, about 1900, Odilon Redon. Pastel and graphite on light brown laid paper. J. Paul Getty Museum.

eyerockphere:

i didn’t really get a good picture of it, but this was my favorite painting at the getty. i don’t really even know how to describe why i love it.

There is such overwhelming detail and color, it’s hard to photograph! Here’s a high res file (that you can download if you wish) to zoom and scroll around in. Happy viewing!

Baronne de Domecy, about 1900, Odilon Redon. Pastel and graphite on light brown laid paper. J. Paul Getty Museum.

A shrimp and fish cameo!
Animals on carved gems were often symbolic, but the meaning of these sea creatures is unclear. Perhaps they might simply represent ‘food.’ Keeping it simple.
Cameo Gem, A.D. 1-100, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

A shrimp and fish cameo!

Animals on carved gems were often symbolic, but the meaning of these sea creatures is unclear. Perhaps they might simply represent ‘food.’ Keeping it simple.

Cameo Gem, A.D. 1-100, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

This Romano-Egyptian mummy portrait is expressive, detailed and incredibly informative about fashion during the Flavian dynasty. Her hoop earrings look similar in shape to these with heads of maenads (female followers of the Greek god of wine).

Mummy Portrait of a Woman, A.D. 75 - 100, Attributed to the Malibu Painter. Romano-Egyptian, Egypt, Encaustic on wood. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Hoop Earrings with Maenads, 100 - 1 B.C., Unknown. Greek, Eastern Mediterranean, Gold. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years. 
Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films is now on view at the Getty Research Institute. 

Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years. 

Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films is now on view at the Getty Research Institute. 

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