The Getty Museum Recaps Game of Thrones in Fine Art

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 08:00 AM

Michael Lupi de Çandiu, scribe; unknown illuminator (c 1300) Initial S: Two Men Fighting with Swords (detail) - Michael Lupi de Çandiu, scribe; unknown illuminator (c 1300) (The Getty)

If you're a Game of Thrones fan facing a midweek slump, The Getty Museum has your fix. History meets fantasy on the Getty’s Tumblr where each week they “unpack Sunday’s episodes through medieval masterpieces.”

The Getty tracks “medievalisms” in each episode of Game of Thrones, pulling from works in their collection to show that while Westeros is an imagined world, some of the goings-on there — including many of the goriest bits — really happened in ours. This week: goblets, armor, sword fighting, death by fire, skulls, and more. (See a slideshow below). After watching the television show, these images ground the fantasy in sometimes splendid, sometimes disturbing reality. And for those not yet caught up on Sunday night's episode, fear not, this summary is relatively spoiler-free.

In just one Getty recap, we were introduced to eleven pieces of medieval art, making it a great way to visit the Getty while indulging your Game of Thrones habit.

See the full recap for last Sunday's episode here.

Italian, about 1410, Unknown

Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, the Getty reports, saw plenty of sword fighting...

Combat with Sword (detail)
Unknown artist - Italian (about 1410)

'An Ibex; Fire Stones,' Unknown, illuminator (about 1250-1260)

...and death by fire.

An Ibex; Fire Stones (detail)
Unknown illuminator - English (about 1250-1260)
Ink tinted with body color and translucent washes on parchment 

Flemish, Bruges, about 1525 - 1530  Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, Simon Bening

The Getty posted this image as reference to the episode's many crucifixions (163 by the Getty's count).

The Piercing of Christ's Side (detail)
Simon Bening - Flemish (1525-1530)
Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

French, Paris, about 1405  Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment, Unknown

The Getty writes: "A dark and quiet night's slumber was interrupted by a beautiful wife-to-be."

Scipio Lying in Bed Dreaming (detail)
Unknown artist - French, Paris (about 1405)
Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment 

Italian, Ferrara, about 1469  Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment, Taddeo Crivelli

A "drunken tirade" by a "mutiny leader" includes the creative use of a skull.

Initial D: A Skull in a Rocky Field (detail)
Taddeo Crivelli - Italian, Ferrara (about 1469)
Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment 

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