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

Shaped and painted to look like an ostrich egg, this terracotta was meant to mimic the luxury of an “exotic” vessel at just a fraction of the cost.
Jar Speckled Like an Ostrich Egg, 1450 - 1400 B.C., Unknown. Minoan, Crete. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Shaped and painted to look like an ostrich egg, this terracotta was meant to mimic the luxury of an “exotic” vessel at just a fraction of the cost.

Jar Speckled Like an Ostrich Egg, 1450 - 1400 B.C., Unknown. Minoan, Crete. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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

The Ransom, 1860–62, John Everett Millais. The 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.

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