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Chinese objects exhibited at the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations (London, 1851). Joseph Nash (English, 1809–1878). From Dickinsons' Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851: From the Originals Painted for H.R.H. Prince Albert (London, 1854), vol. 1, pl. 24. Chromolithograph. The Getty Research Institute, 90-B9947


Connecting Seas
December 7, 2013 – April 13, 2014
The Getty | Los Angeles

Connecting Seas draws on the Getty Research Institute's extensive special collections to reveal how adventures on other continents and discoveries of other cultures were perceived, re-presented, and transmitted during past ages of ocean travel. Featuring rare books, prints, maps, and navigational instruments—from Renaissance
prints to Napoleon's monumental folios on Egypt to panoramic images known as vues d'optique, photographs and children's games—the exhibition traces the fascinating course of scholarly investigation and comprehension of other cultures in Asia, South America, and Africa. 

These intriguing original works from the sixteenth- to the twenty-first century, mostly from European, but some of Asian and South-American origins, chart diverse narratives of discovery, exploration, commerce, and colonization, and illuminate the multiple and various levels of encounter at the roots of today's globalization. Connecting Seas will be the first exhibition in the Getty Research Institute's newly expanded galleries. 

Connecting Seas draws on the Getty Research Institute's extensive special collections to reveal how adventures on other continents and discoveries of different cultures were perceived, represented, and transmitted in the past, when ocean travel was the primary means by which people and knowledge circulated. Featuring rare books and maps, photographs and panoramic vues d'optique, prints, and even Napoleon's monumental folios on Egypt, the exhibition traces the fascinating course of scholarly investigation and comprehension of cultures in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Intriguing works from around the world, dating from the 16th to the 21st century, chart diverse narratives of discovery, exploration, commerce, and colonization, and illuminate the multiple levels of encounter at the roots of today's globalization.

Connecting Seas will be the first exhibition in the Research Institute's newly expanded galleries.

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