Medieval Fantasia at the Getty
|Eyvind Earle, Concept art from Sleeping Beauty (Walt Disney Productions), 1958 Hilbert Collection, Chapman University. (c) Disney Enterprises, Inc.|
To underscore that, the two-room show begins in a sunlit atrium with display cases of faux medieval toys, books, games, DVDs, and cosplay costumes lent by Getty staffers.
|Isfandiyar Attacks the Simurgh from an Armored Vehicle, Shiraz, about 1485-95. LACMA|
|Dragon in a French bestiary of about 1270. J. Paul Getty Museum|
|Frederic Theodore Lix, The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, illustration to a 1890 edition of Charles Perrault's Fairy Tales. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco|
|Julia Margaret Cameron, The Parting of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, 1875|
Romantic conceptions of medieval life burgeoned in the later 19th century with the Pre-Raphaelites, the tableaux vivant photography of Julia Margaret Cameron, and the gothic revival in architecture. Even at Notre Dame, it was felt necessary to add brand-new (19th-century) gargoyles to meet evolving expectations about medieval architecture.
|Léopold Louis Mercier, Gargoyle, Notre-Dame, Paris, 1880s|
|Hans Baldung, Witches' Sabbath, 1510. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco|
|John Anster Fitzgerald, Fairies in a Bird's Nest, about 1860. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco|
|Rockwell Kent, Sir Thomas in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, translated by J.U. Nicolson, 1930. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco|
|Andy Warhol, pop-up from Index Book, 1967|