About: Lorena Patlán

I was an intern in the Web Group at the Getty Trust in the summer of 2010. My focus was on writing blog posts for the Getty Iris, but I also assisted with other projects in the department. This fall I’ll be starting my senior year at Williams College, where I’m an art history major with an interest in classical Greek vase-painting and sculpture. Although I spend most of the year at school, Los Angeles is my favorite place to be. I try to spend as much time as I can exploring all the things this beautiful city has to offer.

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Education, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum

Career Profile: Kristen Kido, Gallery Teacher

Gallery teacher Kristen Kido leading a tour in the Getty Villa galleries
Gallery teacher Kristen Kido leading a tour in the Getty Villa galleries

What is your job at the Getty? I work as a gallery teacher at the Getty Villa. Gallery teachers lead tours in the museum and get to talk with visitors about art all day long. In the Museum we are… More»

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Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Getty Research Institute

Career Profile: Albrecht Gumlich, Objects Conservator

Albrecht Gumlich, objects conservator at the Getty Research Institute

What do you do at the Getty? I’m an objects conservator at the Getty Research Institute. The GRI houses a vast research library, with all sort of material relating to art history. Our special collections contain photographs, prints and drawings,… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, J. Paul Getty Trust

Career Profile: Tina Shah, Web Content Administrator

Tina Shah, Web content administrator at the J. Paul Getty Trust

What do you do at the Getty? I work on a variety of Web and new media projects that allow me to collaborate with my colleagues within the Web Group as well as other departments across the Getty. I’m a… More»

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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Center, Photographs, Film, and Video

Jean-Léon Gérôme, from “Gladiator” to “The Matrix”

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“Gérôme forged narrative practices that would take the cinema decades to invent,” art historian Marc Gotlieb told a packed auditorium recently in a discussion of The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme, which closes this Sunday. Really? How could a 19th-century… More»

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Travel Postcards, 18th-Century Style

The Grand Canal, Venice, Canaletto, DATE TK. Private collection

Picture this: You’re in the 18th century taking a Grand Tour across Europe, making all the “in” stops such as France and Italy. Before heading back home, you have one final task: buying souvenirs! You’ve taken fencing lessons in Paris,… More»

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Summer Interns Share Their Coolest Moments, Most Surprising Lessons

Getty summer interns with Conan O'Brien

When I walked into the Getty ten weeks ago, I could never have expected all the amazing experiences that I’d have this summer as the intern in the Web Group. During my internship, I’ve done everything from interviewing Getty staff for… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Center, Getty Research Institute, Research

Career Profile: Patricia Harpring, Managing Editor of the Getty Vocabulary Program

Patricia Harpring

What do you do at the Getty? I manage the Getty Vocabulary Program. You probably want to know what that is! We compile databases of terminology that allow people to catalog art and to retrieve information about it. I’ve worked… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Education, Getty Villa

Career Profile: Erin Branham, Education Specialist

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What is your job at the Getty? I’m an education specialist for family programs. Since I came to the Getty Villa in 2008, I’ve been building programs that appeal to parents and kids. There’s also a healthy new education section… More»

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Posted in Architecture and Design, Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Villa

Career Profile: Davina Wolter, Designer

Davina Wolter, setting up The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry exhibition.

What do you do at the Getty? I’m a designer. My work includes graphics, or 2-D design, as well as 3-D design-such as furniture, interiors, and architectural drawing. Our department, Design, is unique for a cultural institution because we create… More»

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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Center, Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Naked or Nude? Gérôme’s Provocative Bodies

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During a tour of the new exhibition The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme, curator Mary Morton stopped in front of Gérôme’s Snake Charmer and asked the audience, “What do you see?” Murmurs spread through the crowd. One brave little girl… More»

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      All Hail Tiberius, Least Media-Savvy of the Roman Emperors

      Tiberius was proclaimed Roman emperor on September 17 in AD 14, exactly 2,000 years ago.

      He was also a bit wacko. “He was the least media-savvy emperor you could imagine,” says curator David Saunders, who has been in charge of this bronze portrait of Tiberius which leaves us on September 22. He point to this description found in the writings of Cassius Dio:

      Tiberius was a patrician of good education, but he had a most peculiar nature. He never let what he desired appear in his conversation, and what he said he wanted he usually did not desire at all. On the contrary, his words indicated the exact opposite of his real purpose; he denied all interest in what he longed for, and urged the claims of what he hated. He would exhibit anger over matters that were far from arousing his wrath, and make a show of affability where he was most vexed…In short, he thought it bad policy for the sovereign to reveal his thoughts; this was often the cause, he said, of great failures, whereas by the opposite course, far more and greater successes were attained.

      Moreover, David tells us, “Tiberius’s accession itself was a farrago: Tiberius sort-of feigning reluctance, the Senate bullying him, he being all, ‘Well, if-I-have-to,’ and in the end—according to Suetonius—saying he’ll do it as long as he can retire.”

      Suetonius is full of great, albeit spurious, anecdotes about poor old Tiberius, David reports. “When someone addressed him as ‘My Lord,’ it is said, Tiberius gave warning that no such insult should ever again be thrown at him.”

      Happy accession, My Lord!

      Portrait Head of Tiberius (“The Lansdowne Tiberius”), early 1st century A.D., Roman. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      Statue of Tiberius (detail), Roman, A.D. 37, Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Laboratorio di Conservazione e Restauro. Currently on view at the Getty Villa following conservation and study.

      09/17/14

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