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Tribute Horse and Camel (detail), ca. 900–1000 CE, ink and pigments on paper. British Museum, London, 1919,0101,0.77 (Ch 00207). © The Trustees of the British Museum


  Tribute Horse and Camel (detail), ca. 900–1000 CE, ink and pigments on paper. British Museum, London, 1919,0101,0.77 (Ch 00207). © The Trustees of the British Museum

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road

敦煌莫高窟: 中國絲綢之路上的佛教藝術
Through September 4, 2016 | The Getty Center
Situated in an oasis along the Silk Road, the Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang bore witness to the exchange of ideas, religion, and goods from Eastern Persia to China and beyond from the 4th to the 14th century. Camels and horses were two dominant modes of transportation during this time; however, in this ink sketch it is believed the animals are for tribute—rather than labor—as they bear no loads. This rare document, along with other treasures from the Library Cave at Dunhuang, is on display now as part of the exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang.

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  Self-Portrait, Käthe Kollwitz, 1921. Etching. The Getty Research Institute

Dr. Richard A. Simms Collection

Considered one of the most important resources for the study of 19th and 20th century German art, the Dr. Richard A. Simms Collection comprises over 600 works on paper at the core of which are 276 original etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and drawings by printmaker Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945). Dr. Simms is a self-taught expert on this time period, amassing a collection over 40 years that also features work by Kollwitz's contemporaries, including Otto Greiner (1869–1916), Max Klinger (1857–1920), and Emil Nolde (1857–1956).

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Applications Now Available for 2017/2018 Scholar Year Themes

The Getty Scholars Program announces its two research themes for the 2017/2018 scholar year: Iconoclasm and Vandalism (GRI) and The Classical World in Context: Persia (Getty Villa). The GRI's theme explores iconoclasm not only as a form of destruction, but also as a vehicle for creative expression. Broad approaches to the theme are encouraged, from political and religious protest to graffiti. At the Villa, the theme investigates the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651.

The application deadline for the 2017/2018 scholar year is October 3, 2016.

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  A cropped still from the Kinora picture reel Dancer, ca. 1910.

Six Kinora Picture Reels, ca. 1910

Six early-20th-century Kinora picture reels in the GRI's collection are now available for free online viewing for the first time. Running for approximately 45 seconds each, the reels feature scenes of entertainments and daily life in Edwardian England, such as the opening and closing of London's Tower Bridge, ice skating, and women rowing. The Kinora viewer, manufactured by British firm Kinora Ltd., was one of the first moving picture devices designed for an individual. The viewer consists of a hand-cranked spool mechanism and a bifocal lens, with printed film reels that could be purchased or rented.

Watch the Kinora picture reel videos.

Learn more about the GRI's Optical Devices Collection.


  Portions of the Knoedler Gallery records in New Jersey prior to their shipment to Los Angeles, 2012.

The M. Knoedler & Co. Records

Finding Aid
Considered a fundamental resource for the study of the American art market since the mid-19th century, the records up to 1971 of the preeminent Knoedler Gallery are now available in their entirety for research. These records—spanning over a century and physically extending over a quarter-mile in archival boxes—were once stored in a warehouse and were not available for consultation. Now, researchers can access Knoedler material both on-site at the GRI and online, as the archive has been partially digitized with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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  Professor Joseph Imorde at the Getty Center, 2016.

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

Video of February 21, 2016, Lecture
Professor Joseph Imorde discusses sugar and its place as a status symbol during the 16th and 17th centuries through to its ubiquitous presence in modern times. For example, Imorde references Élisabeth Charlotte, Duchess d'Orléans's letters from the early 1700s, in which she describes the court of Louis XIV as the epitome of "conspicuous consumption." And no member of Louis's court was immune to the tooth decay caused by sugar, including Queen Marie Therèse whose teeth were black and broken. Even the duchess lamented that her own teeth were in a "miserable condition."

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The Art of Alchemy

Exhibition opens October 11, 2016 | The Getty Center


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