Walking through history.

Walking through history.

"Spend five minutes with this nine-foot-tall vase. Look for the army of snails with their little horns, all different one from another, featured with such naturalism at the very bottom: it appears they are climbing in slow motion, inching along to the top. And so should you, with your eyes.

Look in a spiral and move around, up, and down to jump into a fantastic symbolist universe where you’ll discover a spider, a strange batman, lace, ribbons, the signature of the artist, the date of the piece, and the foundry mark of the Brussels foundry. Only a slow viewing allows you to appreciate the incredible twisting of the handles or the details of the peacock feathers at the very top.”

Recommended viewing for slowartday from our decorative arts & sculpture curator, Anne-Lise Desmas.

To zoom in and let your “eyes” wander, click here.

Vase (detail), 1889, Jean-Desire Ringel d’Illzach. Bronze and copper, 107 1/2 x 40 9/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum.


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.

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.

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.

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.

A conscious effort to align photography with the more traditional fine art medium of painting. 
Still Life with Fruit and Decanter, 1860, Roger Fenton. Albumen print. J. Paul Getty Museum.

A conscious effort to align photography with the more traditional fine art medium of painting. 

Still Life with Fruit and Decanter, 1860, Roger Fenton. Albumen print. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Is this real or fake?
Perhaps both! Dioramas have been a source tension between life and death, real and fake, and education and spectacle. More on Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work and pop culture.
#NowOnView in Past Tense
Sable Antelope, 1994, Hiroshi Sugimoto. Gelatin silver print, 16 11/16 x 21 5/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Is this real or fake?

Perhaps both! Dioramas have been a source tension between life and death, real and fake, and education and spectacle. More on Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work and pop culture.

#NowOnView in Past Tense

Sable Antelope, 1994, Hiroshi Sugimoto. Gelatin silver print, 16 11/16 x 21 5/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

This early experiment with the emerging Impressionist painting style is quite the leap from Pissarro’s painting from only one year before.

Louveciennes, Route de Saint-Germain, 1871, Camille Pissarro. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Look carefully at this intricate letter.
You’ll find branches, deer, birds, people and of course a gorgeous peacock with a flowing tail that subtly transforms an O into a Q.
Inhabited Initial Q, 1153, Unknown. Italian, Montecassino. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Look carefully at this intricate letter.

You’ll find branches, deer, birds, people and of course a gorgeous peacock with a flowing tail that subtly transforms an O into a Q.

Inhabited Initial Q, 1153, Unknown. Italian, Montecassino. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Ansel Adams’ greatest hits (selected by Adams himself) is #NowOnView at the Getty Center! 

More info: In Focus: Ansel Adams

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Reims Bagpiper (von UH Libraries)

And a spirited green pooch!

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Reims Bagpiper (von UH Libraries)

And a spirited green pooch!

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