About: Sean Charette

I'm a project specialist with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), where I and my colleagues in the Education Department develop education activities and resources for conservation professionals. I earned an M.A. in the conservation of historic and archaeological objects from the University of Durham, UK, and have worked as a conservator for the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in Alexandria, Egypt; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of the Aleutians in Alaska. I've been with the GCI since 2007.

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Posted in Conservation, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Foundation, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Cambodia’s Enduring Mystery

Shiva's Bull, Nandin.  The National Museum of Cambodia.

The exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia now on view at the Getty Center is a rare opportunity to experience first-hand the unique artistry of Khmer sculpture outside of Cambodia. At its height, the Khmer… More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: You Look Like Hell

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

      Escaping the in-laws or medieval Sea World? It’s actually an extreme punishment for a dress code violation. 

      Here’s the full story:

      The Christian tale of Saint Josaphat is roughly based on the life of the Buddha in a kind of medieval game of telephone, in which the sources for the text passed through Christian circles in the Middle East in the 8th century before appearing in European versions in the 11th century. 

      Here an unsuitably dressed guest—we can see that his tattered clothing and scruffy facial hair have no place at the well-dressed gathering—is cast into the dark, open mouth of a terrifying animal. 

      To make matters worse, the story is a parable in which Barlaam, Josaphat’s Christian teacher, describes the sinful who do not make the cut at the Last Judgment.

      Holiday Lesson: Always check the dress code.

      #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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