"In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas / corpora" and with that Ovid begins his Metamorphoses, proclaiming his intention to write of "forms changed into new bodies." Many of these new bodies are part of the the natural environment of the ancient Mediterranean world, from the bay laurel tree that was once the nymph Daphne to the poppy anemones that sprung from Adonis’s blood. In The Mythology of Plants, Annette Giesecke offers beautifully illustrated profiles of these plants and many others, as well as new translations of relevant passages of Ovid.
Our copies of Jackson Pollock’s Mural have arrived! The book features a beautiful fold-out image of the painting, as well as numerous details of Mural, allowing the reader to *almost* have the experience of seeing the newly restored painting in person. And if you’re in Los Angeles, come and see the real thing at The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, March 11th through June 1st, 2014.
Queen Victoria in photographs, from A Royal Passion. The first photograph was taken in 1854, when the Queen was in her thirties. The image is hand-tinted, with careful detail work on her dress and ribbon. The second image, taken in the year following Prince Albert’s death, shows Queen Victoria looking at a picture of her husband.
Advances for Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels have arrived! Degas was one of the finest draughtsmen of his age, and this volume compiles work spanning his entire career. This book will be available from the Getty store in May.
While we are anxiously awaiting finished copies of our book Jackson Pollock’s Mural, which offers a comprehensive account of the legendary painting from its genesis through recent conservation efforts at the Getty, we at least have beautiful pictures of our production department on press at Trifolio in Verona, Italy. The pictures show the production coordinator inspecting the gatefold, as well as images of the pages and jacket. Printing a book about a work as legendary as Mural is no easy feat—endless effort has gone into reproducing details of the painting as accurately as possible, from capturing the texture of the canvas to distinguishing between matte and translucent paint layers. We look forward to sharing the end result with you! All photographs courtesy of Suzanne Watson.
Aren’t they beautiful? Our advances for The Catholic Rubens have arrived! This book, an essential reexamination of Rubens’s religious pieces, is brought to you by the Getty Research Institute. You can have your very own copy in April, but they’re available for preorder now. http://bit.ly/1evrtl4
The Group Portraiture of Holland shows how artists such as Rembrandt and Frans Hals radically altered the relationship of the beholder to the work of art. Alois Riegl’s masterly study has become a point of departure for a variety of twentieth-century readings of art, demonstrating again that, as Walter Benjamin wrote of Riegl’s Late Roman Art Industry, “every great scholarly discovery … portends a revolution in method.” This book is part of the Texts and Documents series from the Getty Research Institute. You can access our Virtual Library and view or download the book today, for free! http://bit.ly/1eNoovM
It’s hard to pick a place to start in the Getty’s Virtual Library, but may we suggest Cézanne in the Studio? It’s free! (Like all titles in the Virtual Library, actually!) Cézanne’s watercolor still lifes, with their deeply saturated colors and expressive brush strokes, are today generally recognized as masterpieces. However, as Carol Armstrong shows in this book, by both choosing watercolors as his medium and selecting still lifes as his subject, Cézanne was going strongly against widely held opinions in French academic painting, which considered both the paint and the focus to be “low.” Cézanne reclaimed still lifes for his own, devising monumental watercolors that challenged the previous hierarchy of the French academy. Please hop on over to the Virtual Library to take a look!