About: Gregory Britton

I'm the publisher at Getty Publications, the book and journal publisher for the entire Getty campus. We publish about 50 new titles a year on visual culture, art, and conservation. I'm particularly interested in shepherding illustrated books into the new world of digital publishing, e-books, and beyond. The challenges are enormous, which makes my job particularly exciting.

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A Revolution in Reading: Finding Getty Publications on Google

Sample of a Getty Publications title on Google Books: The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire

In the entire 500-year history of the printed book, it is difficult to imagine a time of more innovation and change than now. Just a few short years ago, readers had the simple choice of hardback or paperback when they… 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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