Waiting, about 1882, Edgar Degas. Pastel on paper. Getty Museum. Owned jointly with the Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena
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ART & ARCHITECTURE
This artwork changed my life
We reached out to Getty fans on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to ask, “what artist or artwork sparked your interest in art?” In the hundreds of responses we received, we heard about the impact of Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and other perennial favorites. But you also told us about the historical sites, former presidents, and even genetics that led you to love art.
Emily Taylor inspired by Irises, 1889, Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas. Getty Museum
Senga Nengudi’s dance with pantyhose
Artist Senga Nengudi’s R.S.V.P. installations evoke the sense of being held and entrapped at once. As she tells us in an oral history enabled by Getty’s African American Art History Initiative, she achieved this feeling with pantyhose, a metaphor for the human body—capable of stretching, bending, and adapting to different conditions.
Pause, lie down on the grass, and look up at the clouds. Take a moment to breathe. These are just some of the things Getty’s new “Calm and Serene” tour encourages you to do in the Central Garden. The tour is one of five “Mood Journeys” now offered on our GettyGuide app, the other options being “Connected and Loving,” “Melancholy and Wistful,” “Creative and Inspired,” and “Adventurous and Brave.” What mood would you like to try?
Visitors experience Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889 (detail), 1888, James Ensor. Oil on canvas. Getty Museum
Satire and Sympathy: Depictions of Social Outsiders in Early Modern Art
Saturday, September 23, 2:00 pm Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and online
To complement the exhibition Giacomo Ceruti: A Compassionate Eye, Getty curator Davide Gasparotto and art historian Tom Nichols address pressing questions in the representation of social outsiders in early modern art: Why do images of those on the margins of society proliferate in visual media from about 1500 onwards? What are the main patterns of representation of social outcasts?
Self-Portrait as a Pilgrim, 1737, Giacomo Ceruti. Oil on canvas. Museo Villa Bassi Rathgeb, Abano Terme (inv. 013)
BEFORE YOU GO
Ushabti for Neferibresaneith (detail), about 570–526 BCE, Egyptian. Green faience. Getty Museum
Do you know what an ushabti is?
Ushabtis are ancient figurines designed to be placed in someone’s tomb. According to Egyptian beliefs, when the deceased came alive in the afterlife, the ushabtis also came to life and performed menial tasks the deceased might be asked to do. Egyptians depended heavily on agriculture, and they assumed the afterlife would be similar—so most ushabtis are depicted holding bags of seeds or farming tools like hoes.