About: Rosie Narasaki

Well, you’ve gathered that I’m an intern at the Getty, but what else am I? I’m a freelance writer, a ghostwriter (though unfortunately, not Ghost Rider), and an excellent whistler, among other things. I was born and raised in California, and I self-designed a major in Creative Writing for Performance (basically, playwriting with a fancier name) at Scripps College. In my spare time, I like to shop sales, rollerblade, eavesdrop on drunk people, and watch copious amounts of TV.

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Yes, Art Really Is Hard Work

Grave Relief of a Silversmith / Roman
Grave Relief of Publius Curtilius Agatus, Silversmith, A.D. 1–25, Roman. Marble, 31 7/16 x 23 1/16 x 12 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 96.AA.40. Bruce White Photography

In honor of Labor Day, a tribute to the hard work of artists throughout the centuries. More»

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The Kids’ Perspective: Recess Monkey at the Getty


Knock-knock jokes, puns, fantasy band names, and more from the Getty Center’s youngest visitors. More»

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The Adventures of Cricket and Flatfoot (aka The Okee Dokee Brothers)


How’s this for a job: float down a river, then sing about it. The Okee Dokee Brothers reveal how they make it work. More»

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Friday Flights ’80s Night: The Costume Contest Winners Are…

Strike a pose.
Strike a pose.

What should you wear to the museum? A Madonna costume, most definitely. More»

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My First Concert Ever: Saturdays Off the 405 with Pickwick

Rosie Narasaki at Saturdays Off the 405 at the Getty Center
NOT photoshopped. Courtesy of ace-photographer (and Getty public programs coordinator) Jaclyn Kalkhurst

Really? Yes. 20-something intern Rosie Narasaki attends her first concert ever. And likes it. More»

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How I Learned to Swing Dance (Sort of) at Friday Flights

Worried me amongst the fresh vibe and poppin' jams at the last Friday Flight.

In her second week as a Getty intern, Rosie Narasaki gracefully accepts our challenge: dance poorly, and repeatedly, in public. More»

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    • Polo and Fishing Fore-Edge Painting


      These idyllic fore-edge paintings come from Mary Grey Lundie Duncan’s book entitled Memoir of Mrs. Mary Lundie Duncan: Being Recollection of a Daughter by Her Mother, third edition, published in 1846. After her daughter’s untimely death at 25, Mary Grey Lundie Duncan recorded her daughter’s life and her hymns. Mary Lundie Duncan wrote hymns for her children, most notably “Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me” and “My Saviour, be Thou near me.”

      As with an earlier post that focused on fore-edge paintings, the art added to books by owners do not always match the subject matter. It’s unclear when the art was added, but polo and fly fishing do not seem to have much of a relationship to the young life of a devout Scottish woman.

      There is more to this book. It was donated to the library by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Brown in memory of their friend Florence Rice “Floy” Rodman Barnhardt. She was born in Minnesota and died in Houston, TX. Her husband, Gen. George Columbus Barnhardt, commanded the 28th Infantry Division in World War I. She and her husband are buried in United States Military Academy Post Cemetery at West Point. The relationship between Floy Rodman Barnhardt and the Browns is unknown, but it must have been close.

      Thanks to our new archival assistant, Alicia Fan, for making the gifs.

      Sources consulted: Mary Lundie Duncan hymns, Minister Henry Duncan, Find a Grave: Florence Rice “Floy” Rodman Barnhardt, and Find a Grave: Gen. George Columbus Barnhardt.

      Fore-edge paintings are fore-ever awesome.


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