How does one conserve the delicate threads that make up a tapestry? The Conservation of Tapestries and Embroideries explores this subject and is now available via our Virtual Library. 
Bacchus and Ariadne, Bacchus Transformed into Grapes, from the The Loves of the Gods Series
Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory, manufacturer; after cartoons painted by François Boucher, manufactory director French, Beauvais, about 1748 - 1770 Wool and silk 
Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum.

How does one conserve the delicate threads that make up a tapestry? The Conservation of Tapestries and Embroideries explores this subject and is now available via our Virtual Library. 

Bacchus and Ariadne, Bacchus Transformed into Grapes, from the The Loves of the Gods Series
Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory, manufacturer; after cartoons painted by François Boucher, manufactory director 
French, Beauvais, about 1748 - 1770 
Wool and silk 
Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum.
The galleys for our fall 2014 book, The Brilliant History of Color in Art are something to behold! From the Lascaux Caves to the royal rise of purple, from the vivid blue of Vermeer to the dangerous beauty of lead white, acclaimed author Victoria Finlay offers an irresistible tour through the great stories behind our favorite colors. 

The galleys for our fall 2014 book, The Brilliant History of Color in Art are something to behold! From the Lascaux Caves to the royal rise of purple, from the vivid blue of Vermeer to the dangerous beauty of lead white, acclaimed author Victoria Finlay offers an irresistible tour through the great stories behind our favorite colors. 

Three entries in our “Artist’s Materials” series are currently 50% off on our site! But only for two more days… our summer sale ends July 31st and features not only these titles but over 60 others! 

Although not quite a household name, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (“the squinter”), has been recognized as one of the finest draftsmen of the seventeenth century. Above is his Landscape with a View of a Fortified Port. 
Landscape with a View of a Fortified Port
Guercino 
Italian, about 1635 
Pen and brown ink
Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum

Although not quite a household name, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (“the squinter”), has been recognized as one of the finest draftsmen of the seventeenth century. Above is his Landscape with a View of a Fortified Port

Landscape with a View of a Fortified Port

Guercino 

Italian, about 1635 

Pen and brown ink

Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum

From a Chinese translation of the rosary to French editions of Confucian classics, from a monumental map of the world to magnificent engravings of the European pavilions built by Jesuits at the behest of the Qianlong emperor, China on Paper features prints, documents, and illustrations that sought to present China to Europe and vice-versa at the dawn of the era of global trade. 

From a Chinese translation of the rosary to French editions of Confucian classics, from a monumental map of the world to magnificent engravings of the European pavilions built by Jesuits at the behest of the Qianlong emperor, China on Paper features prints, documents, and illustrations that sought to present China to Europe and vice-versa at the dawn of the era of global trade. 

Images from Enduring Bronze: Ancient Art, Modern Views

Credits, left to right:

Griffin HeadUnknown, Tartessian, Spain, 700 - 575 B.C. Bronze. JPGM. Photo credit: Bruce White Photography. 

Winged Feline, Unknown, Tartessian, Spain, 700 - 575 B.C., Bronze. JPGM. 

Two beautiful panel paintings from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection. But panel paintings bring up a host of challenges for the conservator that paintings on canvas or paper do not. The Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings offers guidance on wood conservation and the history of panel manufacturing, as well as historical and modern approaches to conservation.

Captions, top to bottom:

Moonlit Landscape with a View of the New Amstel River and Castle Kostverloren

Aert van der Neer 

Dutch, Amsterdam, 1647 

Oil on panel 

Mountain Landscape with River and Wagon

Landscape painted by Herman Nauwincx, painter; figures painted by Willem Schellinks, painter 

Dutch, possibly Amsterdam, about 1650 - 1675 

Oil on panel 

Advances for Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550–1750 have arrived! While many scholars have examined the sculpture, wall paintings, and tapestries found in Roman palaces of this period, this book offers a unique perspective on the way these art objects were integrated into the built environment. Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550–1750 can be preordered on our site. 

Advances for Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550–1750 have arrived! While many scholars have examined the sculpture, wall paintings, and tapestries found in Roman palaces of this period, this book offers a unique perspective on the way these art objects were integrated into the built environment. Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550–1750 can be preordered on our site

Images from Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit, available now from Getty Publications. The coinciding exhibition is on view now at the Getty Center. 

Clockwise from top left:

Minor White (American, 1908 - 1976)

Rochester, New York, 1963. 

[Untitled]

72 N. Union Street, Rochester, 1960

All three gelatin silver prints are reproduced with permission of the Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum. © Trustees of Princeton University. Courtesy of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser.

Carnelian. Chalcedony. Bloodstone. These ancient gems have the best names! Learn more from Ancient Gems & Finger Ringsavailable in our Virtual Library. 

Right to left:

Ring with Fortuna, Unknown, Greek, Alexandria, Egypt, 220 - 100 B.C. Gold and carnelian ring

Minerva, Unknown, Roman, A.D. 1- 100. Chalcedony and gold ring.

Both images courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.