THE IDENTITY POLITICS OF GETTY’S “OUTCASTS”

OUTCASTS AT THE GETTY

“The root of all disturbance, if one will go to its source, is that no one will blame himself.”–Dorotheus of Gaza, 6th c. monk Through April 8, the Getty Center is featuring an exhibit of illuminated manuscripts entitled “Outcasts: Prejudice and Persecution in the Medieval World.” To prepare, I read Christopher de Hamel’s “Meetings with […]

THINGS UNSEEN: ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS AT THE GETTY

Jacob's Dream, from World Chronicle, about 1400 - 1410, Regensburg, unknown. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The award-winning film-maker Ingmar Bergman was the son of a Lutheran minister in Sweden. In his autobiography The Magic Lantern, he wrote of his childhood, “I devoted my interest to the church’s mysterious world of low arches, thick walls, the smell of eternity, the coloured sunlight quivering above the strangest vegetation of medieval paintings and […]