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Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters
Exhibition through April 13, 2014
GRI Galleries I and II

More than 200 objects in Connecting Seas showcase how different lands and cultures were perceived during the era of ocean exploration. Included are rare books such as a 1908 issue of the French journal L'assiette au beurre criticizing the policies of King Leopold II in the Congo Free State. The issue, titled "The Congo Free Graveyard," features political cartoons that satirize the regime's exploitative practices.

Explore the digitized copy of L'assiette au beurre.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Page from "The Congo Free Graveyard," special issue of L'assiette au beurre, no. 376, 1908. The Getty Research Institute, 84-S772


Now Accepting Applications for the Mellon Institute in Italian Paleography
July 14–August 1, 2014, at the GRI

This three-week course directed by Professor Maddalena Signorini of the University of Rome provides an introduction to the reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval through early modern periods. Funded by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Application deadline is February 24, 2014.

Learn more and apply.

Receipt acknowledging payment for three paintings commissioned for the Principe di Massa, Guercino, 1663. The Getty Research Institute, 850655
Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror Awarded "Outstanding Academic Title"

Martino Stierli's reevaluation of Robert Venturi's controversial text has been selected by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries for its list of 2013 Outstanding Academic Titles. This list represents the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice.

Find out more about the award.

Buy the book.

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Aldo Rossi Papers, 1943–1999
Finding Aid

Considered a pioneer of postmodern architecture, Italian architect Aldo Rossi was also a designer, artist, and theorist who gained international renown for imaginative designs featuring simple forms such as cones, cylinders, and cubes. The Aldo Rossi Papers contain original notebooks, writings, and other ephemera, including unrealized sketches for the Palazzo dei Congressi in Milan.

Browse the finding aid.

Buy the limited-edition boxed set of Rossi's notebooks.

Parma 1964, Aldo Rossi, 1972. The Getty Research Institute, 880319
The Colors of the New World: Artists, Materials, and the Creation of the Florentine Codex
Video of November 7, 2013, Event

This lecture by Diana Magaloni Kerpel explores the first illustrated encyclopedia of the New World, the Florentine codex (1576). One of the world's great manuscripts, the codex was created by the Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún and 22 indigenous artists in Mexico City. The lecture includes new research about the selection of pigments used in making the manuscript.

Watch the video.

Parma 1964, Aldo Rossi, 1972. The Getty Research Institute, 880319
Diana Magaloni Kerpel presents "The Colors of the New World," 2013.

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