About: Cynthia Querio

I'm a program assistant at the Getty Foundation. Five years ago I moved from London to Los Angeles to be a graduate intern in the Getty Villa's Education Department. Before returning to the Getty last year, I worked in education departments at museums across Los Angeles, including LACMA, the Skirball, and MOCA. At the Foundation I assist with the MOSAIKON and Panel Paintings initiatives and manage the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. I hold a master’s from the Courtauld Institute of Art as well as a bachelor’s from Stanford University. On weekends you can find me checking out the newest exhibitions around the city or hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Getting “CAM-my” with Alumni of the Getty Internship Program

Alumni of the Getty Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program
Big smiles, big progress: Alumni of the Getty Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program at the annual conference of the California Association of Museums (CAM)

An alumna of the Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program reflects on making and sustaining connections. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Warnings to the Rich & Powerful

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

      It would be awesome if this was Medieval hangman, or a really awkward frat party, but it’s actually the result of a one-letter swap gone wrong in a book about the fates of the rich. 

      Here’s the full story:

      You sometimes regret what pops out unexpectedly when you open your mouth, but in this case, even the fish must have been quite surprised when a wooly lamb burst forth. 

      The stories in this text by Giovanni Boccaccio warn of the terrible fate that often awaits the rich and powerful. He uses here the example of King Polycrates, who tossed a ring into a river, hoping for good luck, and found it later in the mouth of a fish. 

      Someone got confused, though, and instead of a ring (in French, annel), what came out instead was a lamb (agnel). Apparently, neither the ring nor the lamb worked because the king was later hanged (background).

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

      08/31/15

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