Posts Tagged ‘Getty Center’

I’ve spent a lot of time at the Getty Center. And I’ve never run across him until yesterday.

Portrait of Pope Clement VIII Jacopo Ligozzi, designer;  Romolo di Francesco Ferrucci del Tadda, mosaicist; Italian, Florence, 1600 – 1601

I’m SO not a portrait of the Pope kinda girl, but doesn’t this look like it could slide right into a folk art museum? As always, I love me some well done collage/assemblage/chunks of stuff on canvas.

Here are the details on the materials:  Marble, lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl, limestone, calcite (some covering painted paper or fabric cartouches) on and surrounded by a silicate black stone.


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Such a rebel. A botanist who ditched her man and trekked around the globe to document bugs and plants. By painting them. Really, we’re jerks with our digital cameras.

Surinam Lizard

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Best Faces.

The Father's Curse: The Ungrateful Son. Jean-Baptiste Greuze

I’m using these pieces next week for a lesson at work on similes. Got some good ones?

The Musicians' Brawl, Georges de La Tour

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The Vexed Man, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, German, after 1770


The Vexed Man, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, after 1770, alabaster

Such a good title, right? I’m taking this class for educators at the Getty Center, which is of course really fun for the museum nerd in me.

This week we did on study on him:

Sure it was the Enlightenment–people were into science, reason, etc., but the best part is that the artist most likely had undiagnosed schizophrenia, and was hoping to “ward away spirits that invaded his mind”. Needless to say, he’s not the one who titled it.

Way better story, no?

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