N E W F R O M G E T T Y P U B L I C A T I O N S
The Art of Ancient Greek Theater
Edited by Mary Louise Hart
This book considers the vibrant imprint that ancient Greek tragedy and comedy left on the visual arts of classical Greece. The great tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander are preserved as some of the world's most renowned literature and have formed the basis for theater performance as it is still practiced. Beyond being popular in their day, these plays inspired an array of lively paintings and sculpture, and those works represent, in some cases, the only evidence we have of some of the plays from ancient Greece. Over ninety of these objectspottery vases, sculpture, reliefs, and masksfrom museums across Europe and the United States are featured in this book, published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name on view at the Getty Villa until January 3, 2011.
Illuminated Manuscripts of Belgium and the Netherlands
in the J. Paul Getty Museum
This volume, the fourth in the series on the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of European illuminated manuscripts organized by region, includes works by the finest and most original artists for the most discerning patrons: The Prayer Book of Charles the Bold, illuminated by Lievin van Lathem for the Duke of Burgundy, 1469; The Visions of Tondal, illuminated by Simon Marmion for Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy, 1475; The Spinola Hours, 1510-20, considered by some to be the most important Flemish manuscript of the sixteenth century; and The Brandenburg Prayer Book, illuminated by Simon Bening for Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, 1525-30. These manuscripts will be on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum until February 6, 2011.
Willem de Kooning: The Artist's Materials
Susan F. Lake
This in-depth study of the paintings of Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) from the 1940s through the 1970s breaks new ground in its analysis of the artist's working methods and yields new information about previously unreported materials. De Kooning's idiosyncratic working methods have long engendered intense speculation and debate among conservators and art historians, primarily on the basis of visual inspection and anecdotal accounts rather than rigorous technical analysis. This is the first systematic study of de Kooning's creative process to use comprehensive scientific examinations of the artist's pigments, binders, and supports to inform art historical interpretations, thereby presenting a key to the complicated evolution of the artist's work.
Photographer of Modern Life: Camille Silvy
The French photographer Camille Silvy (1834-1910) was one of the most original artists of his time. More than any other nineteenth-century photographer, Silvy exemplifies Charles Baudelaire's idea of the artist as an interpreter of modern life. This book explores Silvy's innovative efforts to master industrial-scale portrait production alongside fine-art photography in his popular London studio. Presenting sitters in modern dress was a new phenomenon and Silvy was a pioneer in the creation of the carte-de-visite (a photographic visiting card). This fascinating account of Silvy's life and photography is published to mark the centenary of his death.