October 21, 2013

Art-Inspired Gifts for the Holidays


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LOS ANGELES—This holiday, share the discovery of art with meaningful gifts for everyone on your list.  Special items, sure to inspire, include art books, calligraphy sets, exquisite art-glass, educational toys, silk scarves designed from the museum’s collection, and delicate jewelry. Shop at the Getty Center, Getty Villa or online at Every purchase benefits the programs of the Getty.

Explore the Colorful World of Vincent van Gogh’s Irises

These expressive gift ideas feature one of the museum’s most popular paintings. Painted in the last year of his life in the garden of the asylum at Saint-Rémy, Irises captures the delicate flowers’ movements and shapes, creating a variety of curved silhouettes bounded by wavy, twisting, and curling lines. The painting’s first owner, French art critic Octave Mirbeau, one of van Gogh’s earliest supporters, wrote: "How well he has understood the exquisite nature of flowers!"    

Irises MugIrises: Vincent van Gogh in the Garden Irises Scarf

Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister

Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister (on view at the Getty Center through February 2, 2014) brings together two masterpieces of medieval English art: panels of stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral showing life-sized figures from the Old Testament are displayed alongside the St. Albans Psalter, a splendidly illuminated book of psalms. Uniting monumental glass painting with the art of book illumination, this presentation explores how specific texts, prayers, and environments shaped the medieval viewer’s understanding of these pictures during the great century of art making following the Norman Conquest of England.

Hand-Painted Stained Glass Replicas
From the stunning windows of Canterbury Cathedral, this hand painted glass is framed with traditional stained glass lead and hung with a chain.    

Hand-Painted Stained Glass Ornament - Quatrefoil DesignHand-Painted Stained Glass Replica - Three Nativity AngelsHand Painted Stained Glass Ornament - Pilgrims on the Road

Calligraphy Gift Sets & Books

Each calligraphy set is handmade in Italy by craftsmen with generations of experience. Using only the finest materials, these calligraphy tools retain traditional, historic design with a timeless charm.  Some are packaged in a decorative antique map box.    

Calligraphy Set with Dragon InkwellFeather Pen Writing Set    The Calligrapher’s Bible

Reproductions of Illuminated Manuscript Detail
These miniature reproductions of illuminated manuscript detail were hand painted by Claudia Tulifero in Florence, Italy. She prepares her own egg tempera with pure pigments and genuine lapis lazuli and paints on parchment.  Each illumination is gilded with 23¾ karat pure gold leaf. Comes with text that describes the origin of the detail. Matted and ready for framing. (Beveled mat 4 ½” square)There are multiple reproductions available.  Allow 2–4 weeks for delivery.     

Illumination Floral Detail from Domenico Morone Manuscript - Hand PaintedIllumination Detail From King David as a Musician from the St. Albans Psalter - Hand PaintedIllumination Detail from the Piccolomini Library - Hand Painted

Current Exhibition Catalogs from Getty Publications

The St. Albans Psalter
is one of the most important, famous, and puzzling books produced in twelfth-century England. It was probably created between 1120 and 1140 at St. Albans Abbey, located on the site where Alban, England’s first saint, was martyred.  The manuscript’s powerfully drawn figures and saturated colors are distinct from those in previous Anglo-Saxon painting and signal the arrival of the Romanesque style of illumination in England. The St. Albans Psalter includes more than 40 full-page illuminations and over 200 historiated initials. Decorated with gold and precious colors, the psalter offers a display unparalleled by any other English manuscript to survive from the period. (104 pages; Paperback)

The St. Albans Psalter: Painting and Prayer in Medieval England

The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral  has near-life-size figures of the male ancestors of Christ who once looked down on the choir and eastern extension of the medieval cathedral and priory church of Canterbury. Made of colored glass, with the details of the faces and costumes painted on the surface, the ancestors of Christ windows illuminated the liturgical areas during all but the earliest services in the depths of winter, glowing pale blue at dawn and yellow and red at noon. Dating from the twelfth century, the surviving windows from this series are among the oldest panels of stained glass in England, and they are significant examples of what was at the time a relatively new art—monumental stained glass. They are also considered to be among the most famous works of English medieval painting. (104 pages; Paperback) 

The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral

Gifts for the Home

Exquisite Vizzuzi Glass
These exquisite glass vessels by contemporary artist Peter Vizzusi are created using ancient glass- blowing techniques. Drawing on the artistic heritage of centuries of Italian craftsmen, the artist infuses classic Venetian style and design into a modern work of glass art. Vizzusi’s vessels are created with an intuitive sense of color and form.

The iridescent luster of his vases is obtained by adding silver and other metal oxides at high temperatures during the glass blowing process. This piece is a contemporary reflection of the types of historic glass found in the museum’s collection.  (Vases shown are 7 ½” and 10”) The unusual tumblers, in 2 sizes (6 ½ “and 4”), were designed for prosecco, juice or other beverages.  Handcrafted and signed by the artist. As each piece is individually made, size and color may vary slightly.  Choose from a variety of pieces. Allow 2 weeks for delivery.  
$55 –$185

Vizzusi Tall Prosecco Glass - 6 1/2Vizzusi Vase - Medium Blue LusterVizzusi Vase - Apricot Grafitto Gourd

Harrie Art Glass
Paul Harrie is a Southern California artist who uses classical forms in his glass works, combining vibrant colors with elegant techniques.  The precise striping in his glass sphere paperweights and perfume bottles is produced using tiny canes of glass wrapped around a central core. 

When cool, the piece is sometimes cut open like a geode, faceted and polished.  These everyday art objects reflect the glass techniques seen in objects found in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.  Allow 2 weeks for delivery.     


Tea by the Sea

Experience the Mediterranean through Tours and Tea at the Getty Villa.
A great gift for someone who enjoys a relaxing afternoon surrounded by art.

Date: Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Founder’s Room
Admission: $36 per person, plus tax and 18% gratuity.
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Tea pots, our custom blend of tea and other special gifts are available.

Green Pomegranate Tea Loose Leaf TinSmall Oskar Softbrew Teapot    Meals and Recipes from Ancient Greece

Don Drumm Pewter

Cast pewter leaves are offered in a variety of sizes and styles by the sculptor Don Drumm.  Pewter is an ancient metal with properties that allow the artist to create small, intricate designs of sycamore, gingko or maple leaves. Originally pewter was an alloy of tin and lead; today’s pewter is lead-free and safe for food and drink.     

Medium Pewter Plate - Ginkgo Leaf   Large Pewter Sycamore Leaf Tray   Pewter Maple Leaf Trays - Japanese or Sugar

Jewelry and Accessories 

Roman Bracelet
This intricately detailed openwork bracelet in the museum’s antiquities collection features a vegetal scroll with cavorting animals woven across the surface. Vegetal scrolls of leaves and vines enlivened with figures first appeared in Hellenistic art and remained popular throughout Roman art. Our meticulously rendered reproductions are plated in silver or 24k gold with Rhodium “overlay” to prevent tarnish.     

Roman Bracelet

Grapes & Leaves 
This 18k vermeil jewelry is produced exclusively for the museum by local designer, Maria de la Luz. These elegant pieces depict tightly clustered grapes and leaves—symbols of Dionysus and Bacchus in the Ancient World. Necklace has an 18" chain.     
$160/ Earrings $65

Grapes & Leaves EarringsGrapes & Leaves Necklace

Meier Mesh Watch
The unisex sized case of the Richard Meier High Museum Watch measures 36mm in diameter (1.42”) and 7.35mm thick (0.29”).  It is made of a brushed stainless steel and has a clear cut-out index on the frosted dial marking the twelve o’clock position. Water-resistant to 100ft.     

Ant Ties
The industrious ants printed on this rich silk tie are tiny details taken from an exquisite 18th-century botanical illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian. The pattern is inspired by plates found in Merian’s book, an edition of which is in the collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.     

Ant NecktiesAnt Neckties

Stainless Steel Wallet
This wallet is a reinterpretation of the average wallet for men, in stainless steel. This top-selling silhouette has been textured and then paired with a semi-reflective, abrasion resistant performance fabric called ballistic nylon, guaranteed to protect the wallet from wear and is RFID-blocking for your added security.     

Stainless Steel Billfold Wallet - Herringbone pattern


Soft Toys Make Great Friends

Peacock Hand Puppet
For more than 3,000 years, the Peacock has been regarded as a beautifully ornamental bird. Folkmanis has now created a stunningly beautiful puppet with fully open multi-colored "feather" display. The puppet has a full-hand design that splays "feathers" with an easy open-hand movement. Designed for ages 3 and up.  (14" Long x 5" Wide x 18" Tall)  Special features: Movable head and wings. Put your hand in the tail to spread out the tail "feathers.” Other amazing hand-puppets waiting for a home: Elephant, Baby Dragon, Burrowing Owl, Amazon Parrot and more.     

Sock Dolls
From the creative minds of a pair of Shanghai artists emerge these charming sock dolls. Each doll is 100% handmade, transforming the sock’s pattern, shape, and fabric ingeniously with needle and thread into unique, adorable toys that will delight children of all ages. They are a cuddly 13" tall.  Collect all of them.     
$18 each

Handmade Sock Doll - EarlHandmade Sock Doll - Kitty

Artistic Fun for Everyone

Puzzles for the Whole Family

Irises by Vincent van Gogh
Rippling, agitated brushstrokes and bold colors infuse this popular painting. The wild tangle of flowers gives the 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle challenging complexity. Puzzle size: 25" x 20"

Spring by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Thoughtfully conceived and intricate, this 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle of a detail of Alma-Tadema’s fanciful painting of his perception of an ancient procession of young girls bearing baskets of flowers combines stunning images and sturdy construction. Puzzle size: 20" x 27"

Vincent van Gogh XTRM Double Puzzle
This challenging puzzle features 500 double-sided pieces. Assemble to reveal two van Gogh masterpieces ‘Noon’, or ‘The Siesta’, after Millet and ‘Irises’.  Puzzle size: 15" x 22"

Hours of entertainment
$17.95– $18.95
Irises & Spring PuzzlesVincent van Gogh XTRM Double Puzzle

Pop-Up Book

The Little Prince Pop-Up Book
After being stranded in a desert after a crash, a pilot comes in contact with a captivating little prince who recounts his journey from planet to planet and his search for what is most important in life. The whimsical story with a fairy tale feel has sold over 3 million copies in all formats. This exciting pop-up edition includes the complete original text accompanied by Saint-Exupery’s beautiful illustrations brought to life through paper engineering. (64 pages)     

The Little Prince

Gifts for the…

Ceramic coffee mug shaped like a camera lens. Sometimes you need a hot drink to get back into focus, but then your thoughts wander and your drink gets cold. Not anymore, just put the rubber "lens cap" back on your mug and your ideas and your drinks stay fresh and warm. Designed by Diana Paisis. Comes boxed.     

Into Focus Mug

Are you a budding artist?  Need to practice your drawing skills?  Adam is the perfect companion to help with all of your figure drawing.  With fully adjustable joints and limbs, you can pose Adam The Doodles* Man for hours of fun on end.  Handmade of stainless steel wire with aluminum rivets, Adam The Doodles* Man ’s ingenious joints enable him to strike almost any pose. Comes in his own box. (4” L x 1 ½”W  x 12” H)  

The Drawing Keep N’ Carry ™ pencil set comes in a variety of colors and are slim with a hexagonal barrel.  This creates a firmer grip and prevents it from rolling around the drawing area. You can create complex hues and value gradations by applying one color on top of another with light pressure. 

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The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special Saturday hours until 9 p.m. October 12–November 30, 2013. It is closed Tuesday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free. A ticket is required for admission. Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at or at (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15 per car. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone. For more information, call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish); (310) 440-7305 (TTY line for the deaf or hearing impaired). The Getty Villa is at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.

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