About: Bob Combs

I'm director of security for the J. Paul Getty Trust and its programs: the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Foundation. I'm privileged to work with a terrific team of people including security officers, technicians, control room operators, trainers, security supervisors and managers, and other administrative staff who are all focused on serving the Getty's visitors, staff, and collections.

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Casing This Museum Is Child’s Play

LEGO Museum break-in set

Just how secure is this LEGO® museum, anyway? More»

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Supporting Employees Who Serve

Randall Henry at the Getty, in his security officer's uniform

We folks in the Security Department don’t like to call attention to ourselves. We’re happiest when protecting you, and the art, behind the scenes. But we’re too happy about one piece of news to stay quiet: we recently received the… 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.

      12/19/14

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