About: Natali De Corso

I’m a summer intern at the Getty Conservation Institute from the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program at the University of Chicago.

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Getty Voices: Preserving the Photographs of the Middle East

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Training a new generation of museum professionals to preserve the rich photographs collections of the Middle East. More»

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Conserving and Protecting Mosaics in the Mediterranean: The MOSAIKON Initiative

Detail of a mosaic from the Maison de la Nouvelle Chasse, Bulla Regia, Tunisia
Detail of a mosaic from the Maison de la Nouvelle Chasse, Bulla Regia, Tunisia

Featuring over 300 Roman and Byzantine mosaics, Bulla Regia in Tunisia is serving as an outdoor lab for mosaics conservation and training. More»

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Graduate Internships Offer Hands-On Opportunities for Emerging Conservation Professionals

Julia Langenbacher conducts an FTIR analysis of an architectural model of a proposal for Disney Hall
Julia Langenbacher conducts an FTIR analysis of an architectural model of a proposal for Disney Hall by architect James Stering in the conservation studio at the Getty Research Institute. With permission of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal

What do graduate interns do all year at the Conservation Institute? Study, travel, learn from colleagues, and launch fascinating careers. More»

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Peru Field Notebook: An Update from Kuño Tambo

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A field team from the Conservation Institute reaches a milestone in its efforts to preserve earthen buildings from earthquakes. More»

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      COBALT

      The histories of many colors are amazing, but cobalt may well have the most brilliant of them all. From the Ming Dynasty to Renaissance Italy, cobalt was a popular glaze for porcelain and other ceramics. Cobalt ink is invisible unless exposed to flame, which turns it a vivid green. In the 17th century, this quality made Europeans believe it was witchcraft, but decades later it was used as a neat trick on fire screens. It wasn’t until 1802 that painters added cobalt to their palette. 

      It is this little tidbit from cobalt’s history that saved master forger Han van Meergeren’s skin after WWII, when he was tried for collaborating with the Nazis. Want to find out how some art history sleuthing and smart science got him a not guilty verdict? Hint: Don’t try to forge a Vermeer with cobalt! 

      Read all about it in The Brilliant History of Color in Art!

      Images, clockwise:

      Glazed earthenware dish with a marchant ship, Italy, about 1510. 

      Glazed earthenware tile floor, Spain, about 1425-50.

      Porcelain lidded vase, China, about 1662-1772.

      All objects from the J. Paul Getty Museum. 

      12/18/14

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