About: Murtha Baca

My work at the Getty focuses on descriptive metadata and multilingual controlled vocabularies for enhancing access to online resources relating to art, architecture, and material culture. As head of the Getty Research Institute's digital art history program, I work closely with scholars and technical experts to develop new tools and methods for conducting and publishing art-historical research.

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Which Way, Digital_Humanities?

Provocation from Digital_Humanities
A provocation.

“Ours is an era in which the humanities have the potential to play a vastly expanded creative role in public life.” Will they? More»

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Getty Voices: Rethinking Art History

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In the digital age, is art history still relevant? The discussion is needed, and needed now. More»

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      From you have I been absent in the spring,
      When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
      Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
      That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
      Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
      Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
      Could make me any summer’s story tell,
      Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
      Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
      Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
      They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
      Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
      Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
      As with your shadow I with these did play.

      —William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564

      Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      04/23/14

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