About: Ron Hartwig

I've been vice president of communications at the J. Paul Getty Trust since 2005. I came to the Getty from Hill & Knowlton, Inc., where I was executive vice president and chairman of its California operations. Before joining Hill & Knowlton, I worked for 12 years at General Motors; I also served in the Carter Administration as director of public affairs and counselor to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Honoring the Legacy of Ladislav Sutnar

Inside the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art
Touring the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art with its dean (center). I am at far right with Steven Heller.

A giant of graphic design is remembered again. More»

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My L.A.: St. John’s Cathedral, Monument of Serenity

A Romanesque gem in West Adams, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral opened its doors in 1925. Photo: Kansas Sebastian, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Kansas Sebastian, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Though overshadowed by modern icons, beautifully crafted buildings like St. John’s are an important part of our architectural heritage. More»

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Inside Brunelleschi’s Dome

View of Brunelleschi's dome from the first gallery. Photo courtesy of the project for the photographic documentation of the Cupola of St. Maria del Fiore in Florence
View of Brunelleschi's dome from the first gallery. Photo courtesy of the project for the photographic documentation of the Cupola of St. Maria del Fiore in Florence

Italy is full of extraordinary, breathtaking round-the-corner experiences. You round a corner in Rome and find the Pantheon. In Pisa it could be the Torre Pendente di Pisa, better known as the Leaning Tower. When you arrive at the Florence… More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Warnings to the Rich & Powerful

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

      It would be awesome if this was Medieval hangman, or a really awkward frat party, but it’s actually the result of a one-letter swap gone wrong in a book about the fates of the rich. 

      Here’s the full story:

      You sometimes regret what pops out unexpectedly when you open your mouth, but in this case, even the fish must have been quite surprised when a wooly lamb burst forth. 

      The stories in this text by Giovanni Boccaccio warn of the terrible fate that often awaits the rich and powerful. He uses here the example of King Polycrates, who tossed a ring into a river, hoping for good luck, and found it later in the mouth of a fish. 

      Someone got confused, though, and instead of a ring (in French, annel), what came out instead was a lamb (agnel). Apparently, neither the ring nor the lamb worked because the king was later hanged (background).

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

      08/31/15

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