Venus on the Waves (detail), 1769, François Boucher. Oil on canvas. Getty Museum
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ART & ARCHITECTURE
What do you call those tiny winged babies?
Look up at ceiling frescoes, or at classical and classically-styled paintings, and you’ll often see flying, fluffy babies making mischief or clustering cutely. But what’s the right art term for them? Let’s take a look at a few paintings at Getty to clear up the differences between a putto, a cherub, and a Cupid.
Jessie with A Young Girl Defending Herself against Love, about 1880, William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Oil on canvas. Getty Museum
A kind of magic
Photographer Arthur Tress revels in the weird and fantastic—a hand sticking out of a bus seat, boys blending in with trees, children and adults playing against backdrops of rubble and trash—dark, spooky, unnerving images. Tress, who spent time in his early career as a documentary photographer, staged his photographs to set a mood and tell a story.
Did you know there are over 7,000 living languages? That number is expected to shrink dramatically in the next century, though, so Getty is responding by working to revitalize languages through translation, education, documentation, and even a summer camp at the Getty Villa. At one of those camps, 16 high school students plunged into “being Roman” by speaking the classical variety of Latin that flourished in Rome 2,100 years ago.
A Sloth (detail), from Mira calligraphiae monumenta, 1561–1562, illumination added 1591–1596, script by Georg Bocskay and illumination by Joris Hoefnagel. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Getty Museum
Calling all California teen photographers!
Getty has launched its third Unshuttered Open Call, a photo submission contest for California teens. This year’s theme, “A Spectrum of…”, celebrates the distinct perspectives and experiences that make each person unique. Submissions will be accepted until January 26, 2024, and a panel of judges, including arts professionals, will select 25 photographs as winning works in March 2024.
Saturday, November 11, 11:00 am–3:00 pm Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle
Join local Egyptologist Marissa Stevens to discover how ancient papyrus paper was made. You’ll also explore the many uses of the papyrus plant in ancient Egypt and in the exhibition The Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Sunday, November 12, 1:00–4:00 pm Getty Center, Museum Entrance Hall
Turn an artwork into poetry! Local wordsmiths, armed with manual typewriters and poetic license, help transform your favorite Getty artwork into a memorable take-home poem. Complements the exhibition William Blake: Visionary.
Villa Theater Lab Saturday, November 18, 7:00 pm Sunday, November 19, 2:00 pm Getty Villa, Auditorium
On Imperial Beach in San Diego, a traumatized and unhoused man, Estoy, fights to justify his reasons for killing his mother, a Filipina American nurse. Filled with anguish, Estoy recalls the inevitable events that led up to the murder. This freely adapted version of Aeschylus’s Oresteia is an epic saga of power, displacement, and crime in an immigrant Filipino family.
Sure the days are shorter now, but at least it’s the season of gorgeous sunrises and sunsets! Sally McKay, head of research services at Getty, snapped this sunrise from the Getty Center. (Next time you’re here, know that those clusters of high rises are Century City in the foreground, downtown LA in the distance.) Speaking of Sally McKay…check out her story about HBO’s The Gilded Age; its new season just launched.