About: Eric Hormell

I'm a database editor for the Getty Research Institute's Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance. Most recently I've been working on a project related to eighteenth-century British auction catalogs. I'm an art historian and a certified archivist, but I also have an undergraduate degree in fashion design, which has absolutely never come in handy. When I'm not at work, I'm usually watching House Hunters International. It's exhausting, but someone has to do it.

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Life Before eBay: British Art Auctions at the End of the 18th Century

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A major new project traces the rise of the British art market in the late 1700s. More»

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      Princess Leia hair is so totally 300 A.D.

      A proto-Princess Leia emerges from this 1,700-year-old terracotta lamp created in North Africa. 

      We may have Roman North Africa to thank for the famous Leia hairstyle, as this braided look appears on depictions of women in ancient artworks from this region, such as the terracotta lamp (left) at the Getty and the marble sculpture (right) at the Met.

      09/04/15

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