Getty Adds Roman Portraits, a Book of Marvels
|Portrait Head of a Young Woman, Roman, about 170-190 AD. J. Paul Getty Museum|
An earlier, Augustan-era work is a copy of the head of the so-called Small Herculaneum Woman in Dresden. Sotheby's auctioned the head for 309,000 Euros in 2018.
New to the Getty manuscripts collection is a 15th-century French Book of the Marvels of the World illuminated by the Master of the Geneva Boccaccio. Another copy of the popular text, with illuminations by the same artist, is in the Morgan Library.
|Head of a Young Woman (Small Herculaneum Woman type), Roman, about 25 BC–25 AD|
Marvels of the World is a digest of medieval travelers' tales. In one illumination, hunters stalk giant snails. A panorama purporting to represent India combines an elephant and ducks with a unicorn, a centaur, dragons, dog-people, and a burning man.
The Roman portraits are to go on view at the Getty Villa this spring, and the Book of Marvels will appear in an upcoming manuscripts rotation.
|Master of the Geneva Boccaccio, Traponee in Book of the Marvels of the World, about 1465-1470|
|Master of the Geneva Boccaccio, India in Book of the Marvels of the World, about 1465-1470|