About: Annie Combs-Brookes

Working closely with Museum senior staff, curators, and conservators, I coordinate the J. Paul Getty Museum's four donor councils, groups of contributors who support the missions of various departments. These include the Villa Council, Paintings Conservation Council, Photographs Council, and Disegno Group (Drawings).

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Creativity Blooms at Inner-City Arts on L.A.’s Skid Row

Inner-City Arts
Inner-City Arts is a haven of safety and creativity in the heart of L.A.'s Skid Row.

Getty staff team up to give back to Inner-City arts, a pearl of arts education in the chaos of L.A.’s concrete jungle. 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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