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Description of the Land of Cockaigne, Where Whoever Works the Least Earns the Most (detail), Remondini family, 1606. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.72


  Description of the Land of Cockaigne, Where Whoever Works the Least Earns the Most (detail), Remondini family, 1606. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.72

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

Through March 13, 2016 | The Getty Center
Visions of paradise in the mythical land of Cockaigne inspired many early modern European Cuccagna festivities, where tales of abundant food and drink were translated into architecture and monuments covered in breads and meats. Peasants would scramble for these edible delights while wealthy festival patrons watched from balconies above. Prints depicting Cockaigne and Cuccagna celebrations are now on display as part of The Edible Monument.

In February, gallery tours will be offered on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Find out more about the exhibition.

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

Browse articles related to The Edible Monument and the Art of Food blog series on The Getty Iris.


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

Royal Cavities: The Bitter Implications of Sugar Consumption in Early Modern Europe

Lecture | February 21, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In early modern Europe, the rare and expensive nature of sugar elevated its status among the wealthy. Along with this rise in popularity came a considerable increase in tooth disease and decay. In this Art of Food Lecture Series event, University of Siegen art history professor Joseph Imorde discusses the cultural history of the "conspicuous consumption" of sugar.

Reserve a free ticket and learn about the other events in the Art of Food Lecture Series.

  The Lacemaker, Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1669. Study Photographs of Dutch Paintings and Drawings. The Getty Research Institute, 76.P.60

Photo Archives V: The Paradigm of Objectivity

Symposium | February 25–26, 2016 | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Photographic documentation of art has long been considered a neutral methodology for art-historical and related research. Despite their high fidelity, digital images complicate this perceived neutrality due to the possibility of alteration and manipulation. This two-day symposium, held jointly at the Getty Center and The Huntington, explores the relationship between photographic reproduction, archival practices, and objectivity.

Reserve a free ticket for day one of this symposium at the Getty and day two at The Huntington. Separate reservations are required for each day.



Mapplethorpe: The Archive

Frances Terpak and Michelle Brunnick
Celebrated and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe shaped the cultural landscape of the 1970s and 1980s with provocative content and mastery of his medium. Throughout his entire career Mapplethorpe meticulously preserved files, from his student work to commercial commissions, resulting in an immense archive. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive surveys the material within this archive—held at the Getty Research Institute—and includes essays from Patti Smith and Jonathan Weinberg.

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  Entrata princiaple a Persepolis (detail), Luigi Pesce, 1860. The Getty Research Institute, 2012.R.18

Album fotografico della Persia, 1860

Finding Aid
Some of the first photographs taken of sites across Persia—including structures in Tehran and Persepolis that either no longer exist or have been heavily altered—are found in Luigi Pesce's Album fotografico della Persia (1860). Pesce, an amateur photographer and lieutenant colonel in Napoleon's army, created the album using images he had originally presented to the King of Persia, Nasir al-Din Shah.

Browse the finding aid.

View the digitized copy of Album fotografico della Persia.


  Getty curators Christine Sciacca and Marcia Reed at the Getty Center in 2015.

Edible Delights in History

Video of November 14, 2015, Panel Discussion
To explore the making and meaning of feasts in medieval and early modern Europe, Nancy Zaslavsky of the Culinary Historians of Southern California led a panel discussion with GRI chief curator, Marcia Reed, the Getty Museum's assistant curator of manuscripts, Christine Sciacca, and culinary historian Anne Willan. Held in conjunction with the GRI's exhibition The Edible Monument and the Getty Museum's Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, this panel examined the objects on display in both exhibitions.

Watch the video.


Bartolomeo Scappi's Paper Kitchens

Lecture | March 6, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center


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