A courtly strut along a winding path. 

The decorated border reveals perhaps a C, an X, and a Y. It’s difficult to make out, but these initials likely hold the key to the manuscript’s unknown patron.

#NowOnView in the new rotation of Chivalry in the Middle Ages

Young Men and Women Outdoors, about 1460 - 1470, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Head flasks were a trend starting in the 1st century A.D.

A little taller than 6 inches, this young man’s head could be filled with any liquid. 

Blue Head Flask, A.D. 300 - 500, Roman. J. Paul Getty Museum.

7 swords, 7 sorrows, 7 tragic events related to Christ’s life and death.

Today is the Feast of the Virgin of Sorrows, and in this illumination we see the seven events in Christ’s life that brought Mary her sorrow.

The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin, about 1525 - 1530, Simon Bening. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Trois crayons, or three-colored chalk, was a technique Watteau may have learned by studying drawings by Peter Paul Rubens.

Made to study the movement of this woman’s costume, Watteau kept hundreds of drawings together as a reference for any composition. The central figure appears in Embarkation for Cythera at the Louvre. 

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

Studies of Three Women, about 1716-1717, Jean-Antoine Watteau. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Eye-to-eye with a member of the Roman cavalry. This mask, a part of a larger helmet, may represent Aphrodite, Artemis or even Apollo. This elaborate mask would have been used ceremonially.
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Mask from a Cavalry Helmet, A.D. 75 - 125, Unknown. Roman. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Eye-to-eye with a member of the Roman cavalry. This mask, a part of a larger helmet, may represent Aphrodite, Artemis or even Apollo. This elaborate mask would have been used ceremonially.

See the full picture here.

Eye-to-eye connects the peoples of yesterday to you through art.

Mask from a Cavalry Helmet, A.D. 75 - 125, Unknown. Roman. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Justice by moonlight.

Divine Vengeance and Justice move swiftly to catch a fleeing criminal. Made as a study for a monumental painting for a criminal courtroom in the Palace of Justice in Paris, this dramatic scene certainly conveys the inspiration of Roman Poet Horace.

"Retribution rarely fails to pursue the evil man."

Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime, about 1805 - 1806, Pierre-Paul Prud”hon. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Happy International Literacy Day!
A young Virgin Mary learns to read with the help of her mother in this illuminated completed in 1440.
Saint Anne Teaching the Virgin to Read, about 1430 - 1440, Master of Sir John Fastolf. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Happy International Literacy Day!

A young Virgin Mary learns to read with the help of her mother in this illuminated completed in 1440.

Saint Anne Teaching the Virgin to Read, about 1430 - 1440, Master of Sir John Fastolf. J. Paul Getty Museum.

David sets the scene as historically accurate as possible. The fashions, furniture, hairstyles and figures stage the tragic scene featuring Brutus. 

He chose this subject from Roman history to satisfy a commission from King Louis XVI, but it’s reception was much more politicized as the painting this drawing was prep for was completed the year the French Revolution began. 

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

The Lictors Carrying Away the Bodies of the Sons of Brutus, 1787, Jacques-Louis David. J. Paul Getty Museum.

A cotton-candy sky paints the setting for Veronese’s depiction of the baptism of Christ.

The Baptism of Christ, 1580 - 1588, Paolo Veronese. J. Paul Getty Museum.

September, the month to harvest grapes, isn’t just for the modern Virgo.

Libras and Scorpios are in on the labors of plowing and sowing fun for the month. Since the Middle Ages the zodiac symbols have shifted with changes in the months of the calendar. 

Zodiacal Sign of Virgo, about 1170s, Unknown. German, Hildesheim. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Woman Harvesting Grapes; Zodiacal Sign of a Libra
A Man Treading Grapes; Zodiacal Sign of Libra, early 1460s, Workshop of Willem Vrelant. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Plowing and Sowing; Zodiacal Sign of Scorpio, 1510-1520, Workshop of Master of James IV of Scotland. J. Paul Getty Museum.

From South Pole explorers to trusty companions, dogs throughout art history are just barking adorable. 

#NationalDogDay

Vida, about 1912, Herbert G. Ponting. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Shepherd with His Dog, about 1795, Johann Jakob Wilhelm Spangler. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Gravestone of Helena, about A.D. 150 - 200, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Vessel with Youths and Their Dogs, about 490 B.C., Kleophrades Painter. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Dogs, about 1250 - 1260, Unknown. English. J. Paul Getty Museum.

This faithful pup naps during the long exposure. Now that’s trust. 
Portrait of a Seated Young Woman and Dog, 1845 - 1847, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

This faithful pup naps during the long exposure. Now that’s trust. 

Portrait of a Seated Young Woman and Dog, 1845 - 1847, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Today is the anniversary of the fateful eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.

Here are engravings of lava rocks and curious stones picked up on Mount Vesuvius in the 18th Century. 

Ribbons and colors and gold, oh my!

Zoom in and scroll around here.

Inhabited Initial B, 1153, Unknown. 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.

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