About: Claire Lyons

I joined the Department of Antiquities as curator two years ago, after spending quite a few years as a curator for history of archaeology at the Getty Research Institute. There I built collections relating to the rediscovery of antiquity in different world traditions, including Mexico. My PhD is actually in classical archaeology, with a focus on Magna Graecia—the Greek colonial areas of southern Italy and Sicily. This background helped me appreciate the parallels with colonial New Spain. The finds being made in Mexico City are an archaeologist's dream, and having been bitten by the Aztec "bug," I will absolutely find good reasons to continue research and travels there.

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Curating The Aztec Pantheon

Tzitzimitl (Demon), Aztec, 1440–69, found near the Templo Mayor, Mexico City. Terracotta, stucco, and pigment, 176 x 80 x 50 cm. Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City. CONACULTA-INAH-MEX © foto zabé. Reproduction authorized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History
Tzitzimitl (Demon), Aztec, 1440–69, found near the Templo Mayor, Mexico City. Terracotta, stucco, and pigment, 176 x 80 x 50 cm. Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City. CONACULTA-INAH-MEX © foto zabé. Reproduction authorized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History

The premise of The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire is a unique one: that just as classical antiquity colored Spanish perceptions of Mesoamerica, the experience of Aztec civilization piqued curiosity about Renaissance Europe’s own ancient heritage. As curators,… More»

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      ryanlintelman:

      thegetty:

      On this day in history, a British colonial magistrate in India began using fingerprints as identifiers. It is considered the first official use of nature’s signature.

      Can you find the painter’s accidental fingerprint on this Classical Athenian mug fragment? Click through for a close up!

      Are you kidding me, Getty? This post is about the fingerprint on this mug? How about WHAT THE F**K IS THIS GUY DOING?

      Good point. We asked our antiquities expert and here’s what he said!

      08/27/14

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