Daguerrotype: The Sands of Time
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11 stunning bookish artworks from the Getty collection

Daguerrotype: The Sands of Time
A still life with books, glasses, hourglass and a human skull. Thomas Richard Williams, daguerreotypist (English, 1825-1871) Vanitas/Still Life with Skull, Open Book with Glasses, and Hourglass/The Sands of Time, 1850-1852, stereograph, daguerreotype Two 1/6 plates image (each): 7 x 5.9 cm (2 3/4 x 2 5/16 in.); object (whole): 8.3 x 17.1 cm (3 1/4 x 6 3/4 in.)  (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
Decorated pottery from 470-450 BC.
This fragment of pottery, which shows a boy reading from a scroll, dates from 470-450 BC. Akestorides Painter, painter (Greek [Attic], active about 470-450 BC) Boy Reading a Scroll, about 470-450 BC, terra cotta Object (greatest extent): 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu)
Illuminated manuscript: Saint Anne Teaching the Virgin to Read
An illuminated manuscript painted 1430-1440 in France portrays the young Virgin Mary being taught to read. Master of Sir John Fastolf, illuminator (French, active before about 1420-about 1450) Saint Anne Teaching the Virgin to Read, about 1430-1440, tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment Leaf: 12.1 x 9.2 cm (4 3/4 x 3 5/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 5, fol. 45v (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
Painting: Astronomer by Candlelight
An astronomer studies by candlelight in this Dutch painting from the late 1650s by artist Gerrit Dou. Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613-1675) Astronomer by Candlelight, late 1650s, oil on panel Unframed: 32 x 21.2 cm (12 5/8 x 8 3/8 in.) Framed: 45.9 x 34.4 x 5.4 cm (18 1/16 x 13 9/16 x 2 1/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles  (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
Illuminated manuscript: Presenting a Book
In this illuminated manuscript by an unknown artist from the 15th century, a book is presented to a king. Unknown, illuminator The Presentation of the Book to a King, about 1413-1415, tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment Leaf: 42 x 29.6 cm (16 9/16 x 11 5/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 63, fol. 1 (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 63, fol. 1)
Photograph: Louise Halévy Reading to Degas
In this photograph credited to Edgar Degas himself, a woman reads to the man more famous for his ballerina paintings than his photography. Edgar Degas, photographer (French, 1834-1917) Louise Halévy Reading to Degas, about 1895, gelatin silver print Image: 28.7 x 39.7 cm (11 5/16 x 15 5/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
Silver plate: Philosophers debate
This fragment of a silver plate from the Eastern Mediterranean portrays an animated discussion between two philosophers. The inscription, in Greek, describes the one at left as Ptolemaios, who holds a book; Hermes, at right, holds a book roll. Unknown Plate with Two Philosophers Debating, 500-600, Silver Object: H: 45 x W: 28 cm, 2.5475 kg (17 11/16 x 11 in., 5.6162 lb.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu)
Illuminated manuscript: Hedwig
This Polish illuminated manuscript from 1353 shows, at top, Saint Hedwig listening to a reading. Court workshop of Duke Ludwig I of Liegnitz and Brieg, illuminator (Polish, 1364-1398) Hedwig Listening to a Reading; Hedwig Praying, 1353, tempera colors, colored washes and ink on parchment Leaf: 34.1 x 24.8 cm (13 7/16 x 9 3/4 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig XI 7, fol. 46 (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig XI 7, fol. 46)
Reading and writing stand
This elaborately decorated reading and writing stand was crafted in Germany in the 18th century. Abraham Roentgen (German, 1711-1793) Reading and Writing Stand, about 1760-1765, pine, oak, and walnut veneered with rosewood, alder, palisander, ivory, ebony and mother-of-pearl; gilded metal fittings Object: H: 77.5 x W: 71.7 x D: 48.9 cm (2 ft. 6 1/2 in. x 2 ft. 4 1/2 in. x 1 ft. 7 1/4 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles  (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles )
Painting: Euclid
This 17th century painting by the artist Jusepe de Ribera makes the book showing Euclid¿s work a centerpiece. Jusepe de Ribera (Spanish/Italian, 1591-1652) Euclid, about 1630-1635, oil on canvas Unframed: 125.1 x 92.4 cm (49 1/4 x 36 3/8 in.) Framed [outer dim]: 158.1 x 124.5 x 7.3 cm (62 1/4 x 49 x 2 7/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
Silver print: Place de la Bastille
A street vendor with piles of secondhand books, photographed in Paris by Eugène Atget in 1910-1911. Eugène Atget, photographer (French, 1857-1927) Secondhand Book Dealer, place de la Bastille, negative 1910-1911, albumen silver print Image: 17.1 x 22.9 cm (6 3/4 x 9 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles  (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
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