About: Melissa Liu

As an intern at the Getty Foundation for the summer, I help with projects related to current grantmaking areas, including the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. I'm a junior at the University of California, Los Angeles, where I'm studying art history, with an emphasis in contemporary art, and French. I'm thrilled to be a part of advancing the Getty’s philanthropic mission, and my love for artistic expression runs full circle, from visual to performing arts.

Posts by Melissa

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Education, Getty Foundation

Multicultural Undergraduate Interns Gather for an Arts Summit

Talking over lunch at the MUI Program Arts Summit
Talking over lunch at the MUI Program Arts Summit

June 28th was an unusual Monday for me as an intern at the Getty Foundation. Instead of heading toward the Foundation offices as I would on a typical work day, I reported to the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the… More»

Tagged , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Tumblr

    • photo from Tumblr

      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

  • Flickr