Jan VerMeer had an eye for interior spaces. I like this painting because of the tile pattern it shows. Note the repeating blue cross. The look on the lute players face is pretty interesting. Just what does that note say.
In the 1500s, illuminator Joris Hoefnagel rendered flowers and plants with a botanical precision unmatched in his day. It’s tempting to imagine each of Hoefnagel’s natural wonders growing in the gardens cultivated at the imperial court of Rudolf II, his patron. Pages from Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta, one of the Getty’s most precious (and, at 6 9/16 inches high, tiniest) manuscripts. Unidentifiable caterpillar, common pear, tulip pink - bordered white, purple snail.