About: EddieJoe Cherbony

When I'm not working for public affairs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, I'm pretending to be a famous writer. If dreaming big were the same as making it big, I'd already have a Nobel Prize. If senior staff assistants were paid Kanye money, I'd be a millionaire. If being a genius at Excel was the same as being an astronaut, I'd live on the Moon. Instead, I live across the street from the Getty Center and walk to work. Imagine living in L.A. and never sitting in traffic. Not even Kanye can do that.

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Gardens and Architecture, Getty Center

Pollarding the Getty Knuckle Trees

sycamore tree on restaurant plaza
Pruned sycamore tree branches "like jacks made of wood"

What is this strange tree, and why does it look this way? Pollarding explored and explained. 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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