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Triumph of Cybele and Juno (detail), Arnold van Westerhout, after Giovanni Battista Lenardi, 1687. The Getty Research Institute, 83-B3076


  Triumph of Cybele and Juno (detail), Arnold van Westerhout, after Giovanni Battista Lenardi, 1687. The Getty Research Institute, 83-B3076

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

Through March 13, 2016 | The Getty Center
Prior to the 18th century—and the advent of Asian porcelain production techniques—decorative table pieces at European feasts were most commonly created using pastillage, or sugar paste. These creations, called triumphs, depicted themes of mythology, architecture, and nature and were often finished with paint or gilding for dramatic effect. Illustrations in festival books, such as Triumphs of Cybele and Juno, detail how pastillage was intricately transformed, and are now on view as part of The Edible Monument.

Gallery tours are offered in November on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

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Buy the catalog, The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals.

Browse articles about The Edible Monument and the Getty Museum's related exhibition Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.


  Lovers in a Landscape (detail), Mir Kalan Khan, 1760–70. The David Collection, Copenhagen. Photo: Permille Klemp

Looking East, Looking West: Mughal Painting between Persia and Europe

Lecture | November 19, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The development of Mughal painting can be traced over a few short decades from its roots as an offshoot of Persian painting in the 16th century through its contact with European Renaissance art. In this lecture, Kavita Singh, professor of art history at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, uncovers the cyclical adaptation of both Eastern and Western styles in Mughal painting, and their application in exquisitely detailed depictions of Persian poetry and court life.

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  Installation view Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) by Bill Viola, 2014, at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Photo: Peter Mallet

Media in Transition

Conference | November 18–20, 2015 | Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
"Media in Transition" is a major international conference focused on the implications of collecting and conserving time-based media art and the ways in which curators, artists, and technical experts are adapting and responding to these new forms of artistic practice. This conference is hosted by the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Tate.

Learn more about this conference.

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  Letter from Lawrence Alloway to Sylvia Sleigh, May 26, 1958. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.M.4. Gift of Sylvia Sleigh and the Estate of Sylvia Sleigh Alloway

Lawrence Alloway and Sylvia Sleigh Correspondence

Digitized Collection
From perspectives on the art world to the minutiae of daily life, the effusive collection of correspondence between curator and art critic Lawrence Alloway (1926–1990) and Welsh artist Sylvia Sleigh (ca. 1916–2010)—held within their respective archives—is a revealing view into his work and their early relationship. With over 1,000 items, comprised predominantly of letters penned during the 1940s–70s, a digital version of this collection is now available for researchers as part of the GRI's research project investigating Alloway's life and prolific career.

Explore the Lawrence Alloway and Sylvia Sleigh Correspondence.

Buy the book, Lawrence Alloway: Critic and Curator.

Browse the finding aids for the Lawrence Alloway Papers and the Sylvia Sleigh Papers.

  Detail from Knoedler Gallery painting stock book 9, dated between November 1943–February 1952. The J. Paul Getty Trust, 2012.M.54 (bx. 9)

Knoedler Segment of Stock Books Database Complete

Knoedler Gallery paintings stock books 7–11 are now in the expanded Dealer Stock Books Database. These stock books, from one of America's oldest and preeminent galleries, document a shift in taste toward modern masters. Dated 1921–1970, these records were transcribed into the database from the stock books' handwritten entries and editorially standardized. They join Knoedler books 1–6 and the Goupil & Cie books, bringing the total number of database records to more than 82,000.

The database was created with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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Learn about the transformation of these stock books into the database.

  A hand-colored page from Sam Erenberg's book, Art History, 1977. The Getty Research Institute, 2012.M.52

Sam Erenberg Papers

Finding Aid
Highlighting a cross-disciplinary career, the papers of Los Angeles–based artist Sam Erenberg (b. 1943) document his artistic process and inspiration from 1965–2012. This archive is comprised of a collection of Erenberg's photographs and negatives, personal papers, exhibition project files, and ephemera and works by other artists, including an audio recording of Marcel Duchamp speaking at "The Art of Assemblage" in 1961.

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The Getty has launched #GettyInspired, a program that offers visitors a platform for sharing their stories and artwork inspired by their experience within its collections and on campus. Seeking to connect the local Los Angeles community with others who have found a creative spark while exploring the Getty, participants can upload visual art, written works, and audio to the online submission page, or can post photos and videos on Instagram using the hashtag #GettyInspired.

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Playing the Scalco: Serving Meals Directly from Renaissance Banquet Literature

Lecture | January 10, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center


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