Monthly Archives: October 2010

Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, Getty Research Institute, Research

Recovering Lost History in Le Brun’s Prints

Crossing of the Granicus, Gérard Audran after Charles Le Brun, 1672. The Getty Research Institute, 2003.PR.33

In 2003 the Getty Research Institute acquired hundreds of 17th-century French prints that had been in the collection of a European noble family. This family had systematically, over hundreds of years, amassed an incredibly important collection of Old Master prints,… More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Gardens and Architecture, Getty Villa

Archaeologist Kathryn Gleason on Roman Gardens

The Outer Peristyle at the Getty Villa. © 2005 Richard Ross with the courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust

Kathryn Gleason is an expert on Roman gardens and a pioneer in the field of garden archaeology, an exciting and relatively new field. In advance of her lecture on Roman gardens this Saturday at the Getty Villa, she spoke to… More»

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Posted in Conservation, Getty Conservation Institute, Paintings

Inside the Getty Conservation Institute’s Modern and Contemporary Art Research Lab

Local conservator Chris Stavroudis and GCI Senior Scientist Tom Learner work on a painting by artist Doug Wheeler.
Local conservator Chris Stavroudis and GCI Senior Scientist Tom Learner work on a painting by artist Doug Wheeler.

I popped by the Getty Conservation Institute’s science labs this week to be met with a surprise:  a large white Doug Wheeler painting (1964, Untitled, acrylic) alongside the beakers and other scientific equipment.  Wheeler is best known for his neon… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Education, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum

Meet the Villa Teen Apprentices

The 2010 Villa Teen Apprentices. From left to right, back row: Nick Rawitch, Rebecca Friedman, Jackie Hernandez, Maggie Farrell, Avantika Kumar, Alex Davies. Front row: Emily Sulzer, Ari Cohen, Jesenya Maldonado, Nikita Salehi. Not pictured: Jeremy Cohen, Olivia Gautier, Zanny Jacobsen

I would like to introduce to the world the Villa Teen Apprentices. This group of talented young adults is the second batch to work with us at the Villa on creating an innovative new program for the Getty designed specifically… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, J. Paul Getty Trust

Career Profile: Tina Shah, Web Content Administrator

Tina Shah, Web content administrator at the J. Paul Getty Trust

What do you do at the Getty? I work on a variety of Web and new media projects that allow me to collaborate with my colleagues within the Web Group as well as other departments across the Getty. I’m a… More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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