About: Ruth Cuadra

I'm an application systems analyst in the Information Systems department at the Getty Research Institute (GRI). I provide systems support and development for the GRI’s Provenance Index and other databases of art historical information. I'm also part of a team developing a new search engine that will improve online access to the GRI's resources. In May 2010 I received my master’s degree in Museum Studies from John Hopkins University, and I recently completed strategic foresight training through the California Association of Museums (CAM). I'm now serving as co-chair of CAM's newly formed Foresight Committee, created to research current trends, provide findings, and generate and facilitate discussion in order to define strategies for assuring more sustainable futures for California museums.

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Research Institute Launches New Search Interfaces for Library Catalog and Photo Study Collection

Research Library Catalog - screenshot of new interface launched February 2012

We’ve just made it easier to find research resources in the collection of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, one of the world’s largest art libraries. Last week, we launched a restyled and updated interface for the online… More»

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Summer Solstice at the Research Library

Sun hitting the oculus at 12:09 p.m. in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute

“On the Summer Solstice …Whatever is dreamed on this night, will come to pass.” —William Shakespeare, A Midsummernight’s Dream Shakespeare certainly waxed poetic about the charms of the summer solstice, which arrives each year on June 21. (Depending on where… More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Minty Fresh Inspiration

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Spit-take baptism or the fresh to death Patron Saint of Minty Fresh Breath? It’s really a depiction of Saint John receiving direct inspiration from God.

      Here’s the full story:

      The Bible recounts many examples of direct inspiration from God, but it doesn’t ever explicitly mention a blinding blue light shooting directly from heaven to the mouth of Saint John, as is depicted here. Nor does Saint John ever mention the uncomfortable sensation of being surrounded by a purple amoeba. 

      In this image that begins the Gospel of John in a Gospel book, the use of bright colors and strong shapes creates a sense of surrealism

      The illumination’s dynamic energy, however, is typical of artists working in the seventeenth century in the Armenian enclave of New Julfa in Isfahan.

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.


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