#ThyCaptionBe

The Getty has launched a Tumblr/Twitter entertainment that combines the best features of medieval manuscripts with the most groan-inducing elements of Pop-Up Videos.

Each Tuesday, they post a page from an illuminated manuscript on Tumblr, without disclosing the story it tells.  The reader would not know, for instance, that this page shows Julius Caesar in Egypt, viewing Pompey’s severed head.


Another image highlights a detail from the illustration.  Readers are invited to submit “modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics.  You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.”

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Eventually, The Getty posts an explanation of what was being depicted in the original illustration, along with a sampling of readers’ guesses about the contents.


Clever!

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