About: Ashley Blakeney

I'm currently interning in the Getty Foundation through the Getty's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. This past May, I graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in creative writing and photography. As a photographer, poet, and dancer, I have a love for and desire to share through multiple artistic mediums.

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Expanding Identity: Reflections on the 2012 Getty Intern Arts Summit

Artist Kip Fulbeck speaking at the Getty Art Summit

This summer, I am working at the Getty Foundation as part of the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. The program provides paid internships to diverse students at arts organizations all across L.A., including the Getty. The highlight of my first week was assisting… More»

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      ROSE

      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.

      12/19/14

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