The J. Paul Getty Trust is an L.A. based institution dedicated to critical thinking in the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world's artistic legacy. It carries out this mission through various cultural programs including the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute. In August of 2013 they announced their Open Content Program, which saw more than 4500 images released under an open license from the Museum, followed by another 5400 from the Research Institute. Visit The Getty's Open Content Program OUR CONTENT FROM THE GETTY

The Tibetan Book of Proportions

An eighteenth-century pattern book consisting of 36 ink drawings showing precise iconometric guidelines for depicting the Buddha and Bodhisattva figures. Written in…more

The Sketchbooks of Jacques-Louis David

Selections from “Album 11”, a sketchbook belonging to the French neoclassical painter and revolutionary Jacques-Louis David. The sketches are from his student years…more

Flowers and Pictures of the Holy Land

A selection of pages from a remarkable book produced sometime in the 1890s, an album of full-page colour illustrations (what look to be chromolithographs) of landma…more

Numerical Hands (1797)

Images from an 18th century Italian book entitled Scoperta della chironomia, ossia, Dell’arte di gestire con le mani by Vicenzo Requeno, a Spanish monk living in It…more

17th century Calligraphy from Germany

Select full page spreads from a 17th century German book on calligraphy entitled The Proper Art of Writing: a compilation of all sorts of capital or initial letters…more

The Proper Art of Writing (1655)

A 17th century German book on the art of writing. A great range of different styles are represented seemingly increasing in elaborateness, and also illegibility, as…more

17th-century Heraldry Designs (1695)

Select images from the book Nouveau Livre de Differens Cartouches, Couronnes, Casques, Supports et Tenans – roughly translated as a New Book of Different Cartouch…more

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