About: Annelisa Stephan

Hi! I lead audience engagement efforts for the digital Getty: I edit and manage The Iris and the Getty Voices project. I'm also an editor on Getty.edu. I'm always looking for ways for more and more of the Getty community to participate in conversation. Please reach me at astephan[at]getty.edu, or via tweet to @thegetty.

Posts by Annelisa

Posted in People & Places

Top Tips for Visiting #CaveTemples at the Getty

Inside the replica of Cave 275 from the cave temples of Dunhuang at the Getty
Inside the replica of Cave 275, featuring an impressive sculpture of Maitreya, Buddha of the future, flanked by two lions.

A quick guide to visiting the exhibition. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Art & Archives, Editor's Picks, Getty Villa, technology

A Brief Introduction to Roman Mosaics

Mosaic face from Mosaic Floor with a Bear Hunt / Roman
Detail of a corner panel from Mosaic Floor with a Bear Hunt, A.D. 300–400, Roman, from near Baiae, Italy. Stone tesserae, 51–68 1/2 × 34 1/2–58 ¼ in.

15 key facts about this colorful and long-lasting art form More»

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Posted in Art, Art & Archives, technology

Clay Sculptures of Archivists Show the Human Face of Big Data

Brewster Kahle, Jesse Bell, and Jen Kujath from The Internet Archivists series
Brewster Kahle (center), Jesse Bell, and Jen Kujath from The Internet Archivists series, 2009–16, Nuala Creed. Ceramic. Collection of the Internet Archive

Artist Nuala Creed sculpts the people who make the Web. More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, technology

A Look Back at the Getty in 2015—And a Peek at 2016

James Cuno in his office at the Getty

The Getty president looks back at 2015, and ahead to 2016. More»

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Posted in Art, Art & Archives, Getty Research Institute, Prints and Drawings

The Original Turducken

Feast with stuffed ox / Hogenber
Feast with stuffed ox (detail), 1530, in Nicholas Hogenber, Procession of Pope Clement VII and the Emperor Charles V after the coronation at Bologna on the 24th February, MDXXX. Hand-colored etching pasted on canvas scroll. The Getty Research Institute

What’s going on here? More»

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Posted in Art & Archives, Exhibitions and Installations, Prints and Drawings

Celebrating Sugar in “The Edible Monument”

Marcia Reed and Ivan Day
Marcia Reed and Ivan Day installing the sugar sculpture in The Edible Monument

Talking sugar with the chief curator of the Getty Research Institute. More»

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Posted in Art & Archives, Exhibitions and Installations, Manuscripts and Books, Prints and Drawings

Dig In to the Art of Food at the Getty

Pastry Shop / Abraham Brosse
Pastry Shop, 1600, Abraham Brosse. Hand-colored etching and engraving, 26.9 x 34 cm. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.63

Exhibitions and events are extra tasty this fall. More»

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Posted in Art & Archives, Getty Research Institute, Photographs, Film, and Video

The Ruins of Palmyra, Captured in Vintage Photographs

Temple of Baal Shamin, Palmyra, Syria, 1864, Louis Vignes, negative; Charles Nègre, print. Albumen print. The Getty Research Institute
Temple of Baal Shamin, Palmyra, Syria, 1864, Louis Vignes, negative; Charles Nègre, print. Albumen print. The Getty Research Institute

A glimpse at Syria and Lebanon in the mid-1800s. More»

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Posted in Art & Archives, Editor's Picks, Getty Conservation Institute, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings, technology

A Hidden Rembrandt Has Been Digitally Reconstructed in Color

Tentative color reconstruction of the hidden portrait under An Old Man in Military Costume
Tentative color reconstruction of the hidden portrait under An Old Man in Military Costume

A hidden Rembrandt is revealed. More»

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Posted in Art & Archives, Editor's Picks, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute

14 Fascinating Facts about the Cave Temples of Dunhuang

Interior and sculpture of a bodhisattva in Cave 275 / Cave Temples of Dunhuang
© The Dunhuang Academy

A look at one of the cultural and artistic wonders of the world. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      05/03/16

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