About: Katja Zelljadt

I head the Scholars Program at the Getty Research Institute and edit the Getty Research Journal, a peer-reviewed venue for scholarly writing.

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Innovating Art History from Brazil to L.A. and Back

Eliana de Azevedo Marques (center) looks at materials from the Research Library with me and Wim de Wit, head of the Department of Architecture & Contemporary Art

Last week the Getty Research Institute hosted a visitor from Brazil, Eliana de Azevedo Marques. She is chief librarian at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo. We gave her a tour of our architectural… 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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