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October 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES – This holiday season give the gift of art to someone special on your list. The Getty Museum Store features items inspired by the collection and exhibitions on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, at the Getty Center and Getty Villa.  These unique and charming gifts include classy timepieces, stylish retro cameras, elegant porcelain plates and mugs, beautiful silk scarves, and delicate gold jewelry.  Inspired by the Museum’s collections, these items are available at the Museum Store, at the Getty Center and Getty Villa, or online at

Ingenious Timepieces

This group of clever timepieces offers a twist on history.  Leonardo da Vinci wristwatch is beautifully boxed. The Renaissance genius wrote his notes in mirror script and on this watch, everything moves backwards. The text translates to: Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.

Also available – The Myth of Sisyphus watch.  Eternally condemned by the ancient gods, Sisyphus pushes his rock round and round as the seconds tick by.

The handsome Aureole Chronographer desk clock replicates an over-sized wristwatch. Its handsome face has multiple dials and settings for time and alarm on back, and comes with presentation box.
Aureole clock face: 3.5” diameter

Wall-hanging pendulum clocks evoke a hint of the decorative excess of times gone by.  The aged red circular frame of the Monarch features a gilded ornament and a fleur de lis pendulum.
Monarch clock face: 4” diameter

The Leonardo wall clock offers a nod to the mechanical genius who invented hundred of machines that have become a part of our modern lives. Exposed gears decorate the face and a classic weight anchors the pendulum.
Leonardo clock face: 6”


What shape is your imagination? ® This slim canister holds over 90 organic, colorful shapes that snap together in endless structures. Kids and adults will release their inner artist.
Choking hazard – small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Modern Takes on Classic Cameras

Remember your grand-dad’s twin reflex camera? The Blackbird, Fly updated twin reflex camera pops in bright colors and has been adapted to use 35mm film instead of the 1920s original 120mm film. It’s geared-up with two lenses for exposing and framing, day and night f-stop and shutter speed modes, and a wide angle 33mm lens.

The Diana F+ is a loving recreation of the 1960s all-plastic cult camera. Shoot incredible images with multiple exposures, overlapping frames, nighttime exposures, light leaks, and panoramic and pinhole functions. The Diana uses 120mm film, easily available at pro camera shops.

Is your secret life as a Russian spy about to be exposed? The ботаника hidden camera masquerades as a slip-cased Russian book. A clever flip of the spine exposes a 110mm cartridge camera. A flick shut and you are demurely reading your book.

Callis Dessert Plates

Desire and lust—pleasure and guilt: Jo Ann Callis elevates decadent desserts to seductive sculptural forms, enhanced by the unexpected presentation on sensual surfaces like silk and faux fur.

These porcelain dessert plates, 8.5” in diameter, are dishwasher and microwave safe. Available in four delectable desserts. Each plate is $22.

Additional info:
Jo Ann Callis emerged in the late 1970s as one of the first important practitioners of the "fabricated photographs" movement.  Since then she has made adventurous contributions in the areas of color photography, sculpture, painting, and digital imagery. Callis—who launched her art career after raising a family—celebrates and subverts everyday situations through her mesmerizing photographs, which present situations that are as tense as they are comfortable.

Nature Study Plates & Mugs

Elegant porcelain luncheon or dessert plates and mugs are embellished with enlarged details of intricately illustrated nature studies by Joris Hoefnagel, taken from a 16th century model book of calligraphy in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. On one mug, a brilliant carnation wraps around the outside while a tiny ladybug tempts a drink from the inside lip; on the other, a lush caterpillar inches over a ripe pear and transforms into a moth inside the cup. One plate is decorated by details of a poppy anemone and pear, while the other features a delicate wild pansy and artichoke.
Plates are $22.00 and mugs are $16.00.

- Plates: 8.5" in diameter
- Mugs: 8.5 ounces
- Microwave and dishwasher safe

Additional info:
Self-taught artist Joris Hoefnagel was a pivotal figure in the history of art from the Netherlands, both as the last important Flemish manuscript illuminator and one of the first artists to work in the new genre of still life. A true Renaissance man, Hoefnagel wrote Latin poetry, mastered several languages, played a variety of musical instruments, and sold drawings, in addition to making topographical drawings, maps, oil paintings, and illuminations.

Botanical Sunprint Plates & Mugs

Bold botanical details of cyanotypes (sunprints) by pioneering woman photographer Anna Atkins decorate these colorful porcelain mugs and dessert plates. Mug, $16; Plate, $22.

- Plates: 8.5" in diameter
- Mugs: 8.5 ounces
- Microwave and dishwasher safe

Additional info:
Anna Atkins (1799-1871) was the first woman photographer to create a significant body of work. Her cyanotypes (unique prints made with the help of sunlight) of delicate botanical specimens were the inspiration for these porcelain mugs and plates.

Botanical Plates & Mugs

Elegant porcelain luncheon or dessert plates and mugs are decorated with two different designs of precisely drawn and richly colored details of 18th century botanical illustrations by Maria Sibylla Merian and her daughters. Their work offers an intimate view of the beauty that drew these women to nature. The images are from Merian’s book, an edition of which is in the collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.
Plates are $22.00 each and mugs are $16.00 each.

- Plates: 8.5" in diameter
- Mugs: 8.5 ounces
- Microwave and dishwasher safe

Additional info:
Maria Sibylla Merian was a pioneering woman of art and science—a unique achievement in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Merian became an accomplished botanical painter and entomologist at an early age. Her passion for insects led her to groundbreaking discoveries in metamorphosis. Later in her life, Merian displayed a then-unheard-of independence when she and her daughter Dorothea left Holland for Dutch Suriname, in northeastern South America, where they studied and painted exotic insects. Two years later, Maria and Dorothea returned to Amsterdam and, with Maria’s other daughter, Johanna, worked together to produce one of the greatest illustrated natural-history treatises of all time, The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname (1719).

Roman Fresco Coasters & Magnets

Delicately painted images from ancient Roman frescoes have been reproduced to adorn these coasters and magnets, made of a resin that mimics the texture of a plaster wall from antiquity. Each has a detail from a fresco fragment in the collection of the museum at the Getty Villa.
Each resin coaster is 3 1/4" square and the magnets are 1 ¾” square. Each coaster is $12.95 and each magnet is $6.95.

Additional info:
Fresco painting was one of the most popular methods of wall decoration in ancient Rome. A wall would first be covered with fresh plaster. Pigments were then dissolved in water and applied to wet plaster. The combination of minerals in the pigment and carbon dioxide in the air created a solid surface upon drying. Ancient fresco painting yields colorful, enduring works of art, which crack due to the settling of building walls.

Degas Silk Shawl

The bands of color on this soft and luscious hand-loomed silk shawl are inspired by the ribbons from the milliner’s table in a painting by Edgar Degas in the museum's collection. The rich pattern is a contemporary interpretation of Degas embracing the modern world through his art. 
The shawl is 100% silk and is woven in Nepal. Measures 21 x 72 in. $125.00

Additional info:
In Degas’ striking painting, two milliners sit at a dramatically angled table, their bodies partially obscured by three hat stands that punctuate their cramped workspace. Colorful ribbons in startling saturated shades of yellow, orange, pink, and green litter the table in front of the women.

Edgar Degas had a penchant for reworking, rethinking, and refining his paintings. X-ray examination of this painting reveals that the milliner on the left originally wore a hat, had ruffled cuffs, and draped a scarf around her neck—details indicating that Degas initially conceived of her as a customer.

Botanical Sunprint Scarf

Gossamer silk scarves are inspired by cyanotypes (sunprints) of delicate botanical specimens captured by the early photographer, Anna Atkins in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Scarves are 12” wide x 60” long and come with educational hangtag. Select from “Ceylon” in Amethyst or Lagoon or “Maidenhair Fern” in Sprig. $30.00

Additional info:
Anna Atkins (1799-1871) was the first woman photographer to create a significant body of work. Her cyanotypes (unique prints made with the help of sunlight) of delicate botanical specimens were the inspiration for these elegant silk scarves.

Isidora Necklace & Earrings

The delicate design of this necklace and earrings is based on earrings in a mummy portrait in the museum’s antiquities collection at the Getty Villa. An inscription on the cartonnage, or linen mummy case, identifies the portrait’s subject as ICIDOPA (translated as Isidora). Each of the four gold dangles is tipped with a delicate pearl and has a gentle movement as worn. 

Pendant is 1¼" H x ¾" W, with an 18" chain; earrings are 1¼" H (2" H including the hook) x ¾" W. Both are made of gold-plated brass tipped with faux pearls. Necklace, $55.00; earrings $75.00

Additional info:
Forever memorialized, the beautiful Isidora wears a braided hairstyle that was fashionable in the early second century A.D. She is shown accessorized with the gold and pearl earrings, a gold hairpin and wreath, and three necklaces heavy with gold and jewels.

*Editors – Please note, images are available upon request

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Desiree Zenowich
Getty Communications

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