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Posted in Ancient World, Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions and Installations

Why the Cyrus Cylinder Matters Today

The Cyrus Cylinder as installed at the Getty Villa
The Cyrus Cylinder, Achaemenid, after 539 B.C. Terracotta, 22.9 x 10 cm. The British Museum

Why is this small cylinder of baked clay so famous around the world? More»

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations

The Fearless Modernity of Canterbury Stained Glass

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Leonie Seliger and Laura Atkinson, glass conservators from Canterbury Cathedral!

What does Jackson Pollock have to do with medieval stained glass? Leonie Seliger explains. More»

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Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes

Talk to the World’s Art Experts Online during Ask-a-Curator Day, September 18

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Manuscripts curator Bryan Keene awaits your #AskaCurator questions

Curators take Twitter on Wednesday to answer your questions big and small. More»

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Posted in Gardens and Architecture

September in the Central Garden

Echinacea in the Central Garden at the Getty Center, September 2013

Flowers and foliage give off a feverish display as summer winds, ever so slowly, to a close. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Behind the Scenes, Getty Villa

Five-Ton Wheel Takes Center Stage for “Prometheus Bound”

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A five-ton steel wheel has craned into the Getty Villa for this fall’s outdoor theater production. More»

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Posted in Getty Foundation, J. Paul Getty Museum

Digital Success, Interactive Reading, and Other Open Questions about OSCI and Digital Publishing

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How do we measure success in digital publishing? What’s better, an app or responsive design? What do we mean by “reading” now? More»

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

Artists Reinventing the Museum, A Google Art Talk with Sam Durant

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Artists are helping museums transform themselves for the 21st century. A conversation. More»

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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute

Gallery at the Getty Research Institute Undergoing Dramatic Expansion

This space will no longer be home to rotating exhibitions.

The GRI Gallery is expanding more than threefold, starting June 10. More»

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Posted in Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Photographs, Film, and Video

The Civil War in Pictures

Portrait of a Confederate Soldier/ unknown photographer
Portrait of a Confederate Soldier, about 1862, unknown photographer. Hand-colored ambrotype, 2 9/16 x 2 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 84.XT.818.16

The Civil War captured in early photographs, from young New Yorkers headed to the battlefield to Robert E. Lee one week after the surrender. More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Voices

Getty Voices: The Social Museum

Where do you get new ideas?

How do we make ourselves more social, more innovative, less afraid of failure? 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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