About: Lyra Kilston

I’m an editor in the Public Affairs department of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Previously I was a research and curatorial assistant in the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute.

Posts by Lyra

Posted in Gardens and Architecture, Getty Center

Getty Gardens: Brown Is the New Green

Green and brown flowers and rocks in the Getty's Central Garden

To adapt to the California drought, the Getty gardens team embraces the brown. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Getty Villa, Getty360

Classicist Edith Hall on Ancient Conflict Resolution, Robots, and Why Knowing Greek History Would Make the World a Better Place

© Michael Wharley Photography 2013

“I would like to teach every young person some bits of Homer, Greek drama, Plato, Aristotle, Livy and Tacitus. The world would be a better place.” More»

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Posted in J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings

Meet the Getty Museum’s New Senior Curator of Paintings, Davide Gasparotto

Davide Gasparotto, senior curator of paintings, Getty Museum

Say hello to the Getty Museum’s new paintings chief. More»

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Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes

Art Experts Take to Twitter for Ask a Curator Day on Wednesday, September 17

Poised for any question: Karen Hellman of the Getty Museum's Department of Photographs

Five Getty curators are on tap for a live Twitter Q&A this Wednesday. More»

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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings

Who Was James Ensor?

The Skeleton Painter / James Ensor
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels. Image © Lukas-Art in Flanders vzw, photo Hugo Maertens

Belgium’s most eccentric, scandalous, and shocking painter is the focus of an exhibition at the Getty Center this summer. More»

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Posted in Architecture and Design, Behind the Scenes, Getty Research Institute, Voices

Getty Voices: Our L.A.

Getty Voices: Lyra Kilston's L.A. map
My L.A.: My life mapped on the landscape.

Did you walk through Overdrive and see part of your story? What are your junctions of place and history? What buildings reflect a bit of who you are? More»

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Posted in Architecture and Design, Getty Research Institute, Photographs, Film, and Video, Publications

“The Photographer with the Soul of an Architect”: Lucien Hervé

Cover of Le Corbusier & Lucien Herve / Getty Publications

In 1949, self-taught photographer Lucien Hervé (1910–2007) traveled from Paris to Marseille to see Unité d’habitation, a housing complex by architect Le Corbusier. Awed by the groundbreaking modern design, Hervé took 650 photographs of it in a single day. When… More»

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      The Queen Who Wasn’t

      Louis XIV clandestinely wed his mistress, Madame de Maintenon, at Versailles on October 9 or 10, 1683. The marriage was much gossiped about but never openly acknowledged. She was never queen.

      Madame de Maintenon had been the {judgy} governess to Louis XIV’s children by his previous mistress, Madame de Montespan. Louis gave these children moneyed titles—such as the comte de Toulouse, who ordered the tapestries shown here for his residence outside Paris.

      Louis’s secret marriage ushered in a period of religious fervor, in sharp contrast to the light-hearted character of his early reign. Madame de Maintenon was known for her Catholic piety, and founded a school for the education of impoverished noble girls at Saint-Cyr in 1686 that stayed in operation until 1793. This engraving of the Virgin and Child was dedicated to her by the king.

      Virgin and Child, late 1600s, Jean-Louis Roullet after Pierre Mignard; Johann Ulrich Stapf, engraver. The Getty Research Institute. Tapestries from the Emperor of China series. The J. Paul Getty Museum


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