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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      ROSE

      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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