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December 2013

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Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters
December 7, 2013–April 13, 2014
GRI Galleries I and II

Connecting Seas offers insight into how adventures on other continents and discoveries of different cultures were perceived, represented, and transmitted during the era of ocean travel. The exhibition features works from the GRI's special collections, including rare books, maps, panoramic vues d'optique, photographs, and prints from the 16th to the 21st century, such as Napoleon's monumental folios on Egypt.

Experts lead special gallery tours Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., beginning December 12.

Learn more about this exhibition.

View images from one of the books in the exhibition.

Batavia, City, Fortress and Residence of the Governor General of Holland (detail), Johann Baptist Bergmüller, ca. 1750. The Getty Research Institute, P970012.2


Photography's Orientalism
Now available as an e-Book

While photography was instrumental in cultivating and maintaining Europe's distinctively Orientalist vision of the Middle East, photographers from the region played a critical role in the development of the new technology. Photography's Orientalism is the first in-depth cultural study of the works of European and non-European photographers active in the Middle East and India.

Available in Kindle format.

Available in iBookstore.

Buy the print title.


New Contributors to the Getty Research Portal™

Over 200 volumes are now available through the Getty Research Portal™ from new contributors, the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, and the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archive. These items join over 3,000 new volumes recently added from current contributors, and include Gilded Age exhibition catalogs from New York; numismatic books from the 16th and 17th centuries; and National Gallery of Canada exhibition catalogs dated 1880 to 1930.

Find out more about the Getty Research Portal.

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Cover of Exhibition of Canadian West Coast Art, National Gallery of Canada, 1927. National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
New Items Added to the Conservation Collection

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) added nearly 2,000 items to the Conservation Collection this year. Included is the archive documenting the GCI's work on the bas-reliefs at the Royal Palaces of Abomey in the Republic of Benin, West Africa. The Conservation Collection is an ongoing collaboration between the GRI and the GCI.

Browse the finding aid for the Royal Bas-Reliefs of Abomey Conservation Project.

Find out more about the Conservation Collection.

Bas-relief #12 (lion), after treatment. Photo: Susan Middleton, ca. 1995
GRI Launches Pinterest Page

The GRI's new Pinterest page features images from special collections and currently includes drawings, artists' sketchbooks, rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century, 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks, and 19th-century photographs of the Middle East and Mexico.

View images on Pinterest.

Runner at the civic festival of the Nuremberg Schembartlauf (detail), artist unknown, ca. 1500s. From Schembard Büch. The Getty Research Institute, 2009.M38

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Tibetan Pattern Book
Digital Collection

One of more than 250 items featured in the Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters exhibition, this 18th-century Tibetan book delineates precise iconometric guidelines for depiction of the Buddha and Bodhisattva figures. Apparently produced in Nepal for use in Tibet, the 36 ink drawings are accompanied by Newari script with Tibetan numerals.

View images.

Learn more about Connecting Seas.

Page depicting the proper proportions of a Bodhisattva figure (detail), 1700s. The Getty Research Institute, 930002
Harry Smith Papers, 1888–2010
Finding Aid

Assembled after the death of Harry Smith—a polymath filmmaker, painter, and collector—the archive contains most of his original films; a final audio project, Materials for the Study of Religion and Culture in the Lower East Side; and a sizeable portion of his realia collections, including more than 200 paper airplanes. Also available is correspondence from the last three years of Smith's life and a selection of his manuscripts.

Browse the finding aid.

Learn more about this archive from one of its cataloguers.

Learn more about Harry Smith.

Paper airplane made from a flyer for "The Event from the Cafe au Go-Go," 1967. Harry Smith Papers. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.4
Paper airplane made from a page titled "Oh! How I Wish I Could Fly," ca. 1982. Harry Smith Papers. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.M.4

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