September 28, 2010

The Getty Museum Store Launches a New Website in Time to Bring Art-Inspired Gifts to Online Shoppers for the Holidays

LOS ANGELES—This holiday season, shoppers will be able to give the gift of art to those special people on their list... and from the comfort of their own homes. The Getty Museum Store has recently launched a redesigned website featuring items inspired by the collection and exhibitions on view at the Getty Center and Getty Villa in Los Angeles. These unique and charming gifts include exquisite hand-blown glass vases, children’s paint sets and toys, beautiful silk scarves, and delicate jewelry. Inspired by objects in the Getty Museum’s collection, these items are available in the Museum Stores at the Getty Center and Getty Villa, or online at

Rosette Jewelry Collection

Wear the same luxurious fashion as ancient Etruscan women. These Rosette earrings, bracelet, and pin/pendant are carefully crafted as replicas of Etruscan decorated disk earrings in the collection of the Getty Villa. The same repoussé technique used in 500 B.C. forms tiny lion’s heads separating delicate leaves in the center of the rosettes surrounded by rings of tiny filigree and granulated beads. A small garnet rests in the center. $125-$300

The Vexed Man

This reproduction of the Getty’s The Vexed Man is made to replicate one of a series of portrait busts or "character heads" made by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, an eighteenth-century German sculptor active in Austria. It portrays a middle-aged man with a sour expression, which seems to fall somewhere between a grimace and a scowl. This bust and the series it belongs to reflect the intellectual concerns of artists and scholars during the Enlightenment era, when a surge of interest in the sciences occurred. Studies in physiognomy were highly popular at the time. Perhaps as influential was Messerschmidt’s undiagnosed mental condition, which could have been schizophrenia. A contemporary wrote that Messerschmidt told him that by making the character heads, he hoped to ward away spirits that invaded his mind. $80

Art to Go Bag

Remember the days when you’d gather with family and friends to watch slide-shows of past vacations or sit in darkened lecture halls studying art history onscreen one click at a time? Times have changed and 35mm slides may have gone the way of the dinosaur, but we’ve given them new life in these playful Art to Go bags. Toting around slides of objects in the Getty’s collection becomes a virtual visit to the Museum no matter where you are! These clever bags, featuring thirty assorted slides of objects in the Museum’s collection, are made in the USA of double-strength stitched and sealed vinyl, soft recycled rubber handles, and stainless steel hardware. Bag measures 7.5 in. high x 7.25 in. wide x 4.75 in. deep. $150

Irises Scarf

This expressive 100% silk scarf captures a detail of one of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s most popular paintings, Irises, by Vincent van Gogh. Each one of Van Gogh’s irises is unique. He carefully studied their movements and shapes to create 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!" Scarf is 18 x 59". $65

Hand-blown Glass by Peter Vizzusi

These exquisite glass vessels by contemporary artist Peter Vizzusi are created using ancient glass-blowing techniques. Each piece draws on the artistic heritage of centuries of Italian craftsmen, infusing 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. These pieces are a contemporary reflection of the types of historic glass found in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Each one is handcrafted and signed by the artist. $65-$135

Devices of Optical Wonder

Experience the world in a whole new way through one of these unique and delightful lenses!

Looking for the first time through the eyepiece of a classic kaleidoscope is a lasting memory for kids and adults. Now you can add the unique excitement of assembling your own kaleidoscope, understanding the working of focus, reflecting mirrors and geometric patterns. The Kaleidoscope Kit comes with an easy illustrated diagram for assembly, along with a cardboard tube, lens, mirrors, assorted colored beads and small objects. Easy to create and highly interactive, with no major tools required for assembly. Finished kaleidoscope measures approximately 8" x 1.5" diameter. For ages 7+. $15

Go beyond the confines of standard panoramic landscapes and capture everything around you in one photo with the Spinner 360° 35mm Camera. A standard panoramic picture yields a 120° perspective —the familiar view that we love, stretching wide to cover details running from left to right. Taking inspiration from a futuristic concept in the ’80s, you operate the Spinner 360° by holding it in one hand while pulling the cord with the other and releasing it. In one split second, the camera spins around 360° degrees on its own axis, capturing every detail around you! The result is a super-wide angled breathtaking image, 4 times longer than the standard landscape picture. This camera allows you to experiment with various techniques for a multitude of shooting fun! $145

Tool Kits for the Budding Artist

This paint set and inspiring book make the perfect pair to open up the world of art-making to the child in your life—or appeal to the inner child in anyone!

The portable watercolor Pocket Paint Set begins as a compact oval-shaped box, which opens to reveal a removable pan of 12 watercolors, paintbrush, pencil, water bottle, and mixing trays. The end caps are removable for use as mini water cups. Efficiently designed, this travel paint set is perfect for artists on the go! Includes 12 quality watercolors, pencil, natural bristle paint brush, mixing palettes, water bottle, 2 water cups, and a built-in viewfinder loop. $12.95

This delightful book is a colorful reminder of the many things that visual art can be and do. Whether it’s weaving, making pottery, working on your computer, or turning junk into something unexpected and wonderful, An ABC of What Art Can Be is an invitation to look around and think creatively—outside the boring box. The playful rhymes and dazzling collages are reminders that each of us is unique and can produce a work of art that’s equally unique. In this lively book readers will find an ABC that’s unlike any other. It includes four pages of "fun stuff"—easy-to-do activities inspired by the text and illustrations. Ages four and up. $17.95

Fuzz that Wuzz Cuddly Toys

Introducing Fuzz That Wuzz—turning plastic bottles into cuddly companions! The outer fabric and the stuffing of these stuffed animals are high-quality polyester fiber made from 100% recycled plastic PET bottles. Did you know that two million plastic bottles are used in the US every ten minutes and 51 billion go into landfills annually? It will take 700 years before plastic bottles in landfills start to decompose—and less than 30% of plastic bottles in the U.S. are actually recycled. Each one of these toys keeps over 10 bottles out of a landfill! It’s not enough, but it’s certainly a start. Whimsical, soft and gently colored, these are friends you can feel good about loving. $10-$20

Volcano Kits

Amaze your friends and family with your own Mount Vesuvius! You can put the Earth’s natural wonder in your palm with the Pocket Volcano or build an awesome tabletop science project with the larger Volcano Making Kit. Kids will get a kick out of these fun and educational kits that perform "volcanic eruptions" using the help of common staples found in most kitchens—and they’ll learn a little science along the way. $4.95-$12

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) spent over twenty-five years investigating the workings of the human body. While his paintings were widely known in his day, only a few friends and associates had any intimation of the extent of his medical research. Leonardo’s Anatomical Manuscript A, created over the winter of 1510-1511, is the only group of such drawings in which he approached complete coverage of the human form, and it represents his finest work in this area.

This fascinating book presents a complete discussion of all the drawings in Manuscript A, not only as evidence of Leonardo’s artistic genius, but also as the product of the sophisticated scientific investigations they represent. Each drawing records a meticulous human dissection and is extensively annotated with Leonardo’s notes, questions, and memoranda to himself in "mirror-writing" (backward writing legible only when held up to a mirror, the motivations for which have been the subject of much speculation).

Each drawing is reproduced twice: once in its original form and once with a new English translation in place of Leonardo’s original notes. The authors comment on the accuracy of the anatomical renderings and the conclusions Leonardo draws from them. $29.95

Irving Penn: Small Trades

Photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) was renowned for his innovative contributions to portrait, still life, and fashion photography, and a career that has spanned more than six decades at Vogue magazine. In 1950, Penn was assigned by Vogue to photograph workers in Paris, and thus his monumental body of work The Small Trades began. Created in 1950 and 1951 in Paris, London, and New York, The Small Trades consists of portraits of skilled tradespeople dressed in their work clothes and carrying the tools of their respective occupations. Capturing the humble coal heaver and the crisply dressed waiter with equal directness, Penn’s arresting portraits also underscore fascinating cultural differences.

The Small Trades was Penn’s most extensive body of work, and he returned to it over many decades, producing ever more exacting prints. Two hundred and six unique images from the series are flawlessly reproduced in this book. In addition, the introductory essay describes the history and context of The Small Trades series and its importance to Penn’s career and the history of photography. An interview with Edmonde Charles-Roux, the chief editor for French Vogue from 1952 to 1966, who assisted him on the assignment in Paris, provides fascinating insights on the Paris sittings. $64.95

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