About: Nina Diamond

I’m a writer/editor in the Collections Information & Access Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum. I write in-gallery and online media such as videos, interactives, and audio guides on all manner of topics. Would you believe a wooden saint with prosthetic glass eyeballs, a beheaded Aztec god, or a talking German rabbit? (BTW: Everybody can play with the stuff we make, not just the popular kids.)

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Posted in Ancient World, Gardens and Architecture, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum

New Audio Tour Celebrates the Getty Villa’s 40th Anniversary

Doorway to the Outer Peristyle of the Getty Villa / reception area

Did you know Romans kept eels as pets and bought them…jewelry? Come stroll the grounds of this 40-year-young institution to hear that story and a few others besides. More»

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, J. Paul Getty Museum, Photographs, Film, and Video

How Herb Ritts Created an Icon

Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage / Herb Ritts

When Herb Ritts created this image, it was touch-and-go whether he would get his crew and model off the El Mirage lake bed before a storm swept through. Mark McKenna, now executive director of the Herb Ritts Foundation, was Ritts’s… More»

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Posted in Antiquities, Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

The Italian Showcase

Portrait of a Halberdier (Francesco Guardi?), Pontormo, 1528–30. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 89.PA.49

If our globe had a school playground, could you spot Italy? That’s right, the one voted “most popular.” Good-looking, sharp, charismatic. Plus, a rock star in art class. This year, the popular kid turns 150. Surprisingly, the nation that for… More»

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Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes

Why? Because the Pig in the Painting Said So!

Me, giving a sculpture a gorilla hug in the 1970s

As a kid I was sure if I could be alone with works or art, in or out of museums—ditch the parents, teachers, and guards—that the works of art would talk to me. I assessed hiding places, considered alarm systems…. More»

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      Both of the girls in these photographs are the photographer herself. Otsuka worked with a digital retoucher to seamlessly insert contemporary self-portraits into old photographs from a family photo album. 

      She was born in Japan and moved to the UK at age 10, and these reflect the intersection of both of those identities.

      These photos become a portal to the past where she can talk with her younger self. She invites you the viewer to join her on this journey of self-discovery.

      Now on View in The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography

      1976 and 2005, Kamakura, Japan, 2005, Otsuka Chino. Courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography. © Otsuka Chino

      1979 and 2006, Kitakamakura, Japan, 2006, Otsuka Chino. Courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography. © Otsuka Chino

      1982 and 2005, Paris, France, 2005, Otsuka Chino. Courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography. © Otsuka Chino

      1980 and 2009, Nagayama, Japan, 2009, Otsuka Chino. Courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography. © Otsuka Chino


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