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Conventional signs of martyrdom and victory over death, the palm and laurel branch help identify this figure as the infant Saint Cyricus. In 304 this Roman toddler was martyred at the age of two and a half years, along with his mother Saint Julitta, a Christian who refused to pray to "false idols." According to legend, Saint Cyricus endured brutal tortures: sawing in half, flaying, and boiling in a cauldron. These episodes may have inspired both the unusual half-length form of this representation and the oval plinth, which recalls the shape of a cauldron.

Saint Cyricus, Francesco Laurana, about 1470-80:

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Turner contrasted past and present in these paired scenes of ancient imperial and modern Christian Rome. In the first, the devoted widow Agrippina returns with the ashes of her husband, Germanicus, a victim of rivalries in the imperial family. In the second, the ruins of the Roman Forum are overgrown, but churches and new life have sprouted in their midst.

Both paintings evoke the enduring sublimity of Rome, which for Turner, as for numerous artists throughout history, was less a place in the real world than one in the imagination. He harmonized the two pictures by their hazy, almost ethereal atmosphere and warm coloring. The pair has rarely been seen together since first exhibited in 1839.

(Left:) Ancient Rome: Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus, J. M. W. Turner, exhibited 1839. Tate: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photo © Tate, London 2014. (Right:) Modern Rome—Campo Vaccino (right), J. M. W. Turner, exhibited 1839. J. Paul Getty Museum.

On view in the exhibition J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free February 24–May 24, 2015 at the Getty Center:
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Twas he has summon'd to her silent Bed 
The Morning Dream that hover'd o'er her Head.
A Youth more glitt'ring than a Birth-Night Beau. . . . 

Carrying a long baton tipped with a glittering star, an elegant suitor of the 1700s peers through an opening in the bed-curtains to spy on Belinda, the protagonist in Alexander Pope's poem, The Rape of the Lock. According to the passage from the poem, the suitor probably represents the "Morning Dream" sent to Belinda by her guardian to populate her fantasies. 

In his typically sensuous and inventive way, Aubrey Beardsley did not illustrate the passage literally; rather, he chose suggestive, fantastic imagery replete with allusions. Long, lacy bed-curtains embroidered with women's busts and feminine motifs, such as the peacock, symbolize Belinda. Beardsley's unique manner of drawing includes elaborate layering of patterns, such as the delicate dotting that resembles textile embroidery.

The Dream, Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, 1896:

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It was just a nightfall, if love pardon me not and the giggles of those apprehensive foes, which played to coy deliver me onto a bed. 
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Front and back of stained glass window depicting Saint Dorothy

Saint Dorothy, French, about 1510-20, oxide glass and silver stain on tint glass, ruby, blue and green pot metal:

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In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
A flame to melt—a wind to freeze;
Sad patience—joyous energies;
Humility—yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity—reverence. These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob’s mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel—Art.
—Herman Melville, Art

An Angel Holding a Book, Cristoforo Roncalli (Il Pomarancio), about 1583-86:

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My Goodness-Gracious , how Outstandingly, Outspoken this message has with a Candid Touch or Explicit Appeal!  While beautifully spoken, may mates always create their own desire to qualify themselves with those who are interested mates and may this increase the awareness of the attraction then, somewhere down the road, it is heartfelt, this will lead to them finding their perfect soul mate as well!
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Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Decorated Text Page, Nicolas Spierinc, 1469:

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A large number of enameled German glasses have political themes. This is the only recorded example of an enameled glass lampooning Jean T'Serclaes, the count of Tilly, a capable military leader who, in the eyes of the Protestants, became a symbol for Catholic excesses during the Thirty Years' War.

Dressed as a knight with a large barrel-like container on his back and a basket in one hand, Tilly is accompanied by a goat. Above the figure to the right is the personification of the wind, cloaked in dark clouds. The lengthy inscription refers to his disgrace and miserable wanderings with only an old goat for company. From out of Tilly's mouth come the words O miserere mei (Oh, take pity on me); the basket is inscribed Nimiae Exaction (Too great a punishment) and the barrel is inscribed Mea Constientia (My conscience). This highly unsympathetic view of Tilly shows that this beaker was painted by a Protestant enameler from northern Germany.

Satirical Beaker, German, 1660:

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Using a delicate pattern of red chalk lines to illustrate the play of light on the folds of the two men's clothing, Nicolas Lancret portrayed an elegant courtier on the left and a flutist on the right. Black chalk strokes define the elements of emphasis: the rippling folds on their breeches and cloak and each man's little nose and mouth. White lines add touches of silvery highlights to the costumes.

Two Seated Men, Nicolas Lancret, about 1725–30:

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Portrait of a Seated Child, Gustave Le Gray, about 1858:

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat!

Vase in the Shape of a Ram, Roman, 2nd century:

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A master at capturing sitters in fleeting moments of informality, Jean-Étienne Liotard depicted this unknown sitter possessed with a remarkable degree of warmth and depth. Liotard's delicate application of white chalk records the details of her flounced sleeves and ruffled collar, and beautifully highlights the subject's attractive features.

Portrait of a Woman, Jean-Étienne Liotard, 1758-62:

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Spirit of the Age
In the early 1800s, the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Hegel (1770–1831) professed that art was a fundamental mode of consciousness whereby humans could reach a profound understanding both of themselves and the world. Art, therefore, reflected the spirit of the age (“Zeitgeist” in German) in which it was created; this influential notion held sway over the 19th century.

See drawings created in this period in this album. All are on view at the Getty Center, February 10–May 17, 2015:
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Nyssa Buck
4 months ago
I love the Getty Museum! I always have a lovely time, no matter how often I come. Their art collection is vast and they are constantly switching paintings and galleries, so there is always something new to look forward to. You take a self-guided tour with an iPod filled with interesting facts about the paintings and artists; you can also go on a group tour with a curator, or just wonder around the museum. The garden is very pretty with a wide assortment of flowers so something is always in bloom. There is a sketching room where you can pretend to be an artist (or show off your artistic skills) with various pieces of art to draw. The large windows give you beautiful views of Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Parking is $15 before 5 pm and $10 after, but the museum entry is free. The Metro 761 takes you straight to the museum if you don’t want to pay for parking.
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Ann Seowoo Ko
4 months ago
Absolutely love this museum. The artwork is amazing and you can definitely spend 3-4 hours at this museum. Did I mention that it's free??? Yup 100% free. The only thing you pay for is parking. I would recommending packing a lunch as there are many places where you can have a picnic at this museum. There are ton of open grass where you can just plop down and have a picnic. The museum is also kid friendly and there is a section of the museum that are geared for children.
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Rob Neuhaus
a month ago
It's pretty cool, but still overrated. It would be better if it were more condensed. The garden as a sculpture didn't live up to expectations. The views are pretty nice, but you are too far away from the downtown to see much in detail.
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Edwin Hui
3 weeks ago
The Getty Museum is a fun place to explore art. It is more better than any art museum I went to.
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Lilu Sda
2 months ago
Absolutely one of the must-visit places in la. The complex is beautiful with hedge maze, lawn and architectural statues. The art collection is vast and the museum always introduces new explosions as well. Truly appreciate such opportunity to freely enjoy the art and spend quality time.
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Brian O'Neill
a month ago
I love to come here to explore the beautiful grounds, the incredible art, the amazing views, and just to get my cultural fix. This should be a must see for all tourists in the L.A. area, as well as local folk. I come here to see the exhibitions off and on as well. Recommend this place highly, and you don't even have to be an art person per se to appreciate all that this place offers. Seriously.
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Ruben Williams
6 months ago
The art here is nice. Which is probably a large understatement. The changing exhibits keep it timely and worth seeing a a regular basis. However the reason that people keep coming back to this place over and over again is the grounds. which are just eye watering and the oceans views just add to the luster. take your time. have a glass and enjoy.
Julie Rogers
2 months ago
Spectacular! Never thought art would interest me. I need to go back. It was worth driving in traffic.