About: Steve Saldivar

I'm the social media coordinator for the J. Paul Getty Trust. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles and have spent the last decade living in the Bay Area. I prefer the sun over the fog any day! I studied English literature and multimedia journalism at UC Berkeley. I love producing photography and video for the Web. When I’m not at the Getty, you can catch me in the streets of East L.A. making photographs.

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Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, Paintings

How to Frame a Masterpiece

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How a frame conservator plays matchmaker between frames and paintings. More»

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Posted in Art, Paintings

10 Reasons Peter Paul Rubens Is the Ultimate Renaissance Man

Self-Portrait / Peter Paul Rubens
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Multitasker, social media genius, collector, diplomat. More»

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Posted in J. Paul Getty Museum

Back to the Future with Chicano Batman

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They’re not just a Latin band. Five questions for Chicano Batman. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum

Power in a Mummy Portrait

Mummy Portrait of Isidora / Isidora Master
Mummy Portrait of a Woman (detail), about A.D. 100–110, attributed to the Isidora Master. Linen, pigment, and gold; encaustic on wood, 18 7/8 x 14 3/16. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 81.AP.42

This woman is still beautiful and self-assured, 2,000 years after her portrait was painted. More»

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute

Yvonne Rainer in Her Own Words

Yvonne Rainer at the Getty Research Institute

Hear artist Yvonne Rainer read from her diaries. More»

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Posted in Photographs, Film, and Video

5 Questions about the State of Photography in L.A. Today

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Quick takes on photography and L.A. from four experts. More»

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Posted in Art, Paintings

Scott Schaefer on the Meaning of Collecting

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The retiring paintings curator walks the galleries with us one last time. More»

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Posted in Architecture and Design, Voices

My L.A.: The Once and Future Golden Gate Theater

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Hollow and in disrepair, it embodied the reason I wanted to leave Los Angeles. I was wrong. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Behind the Scenes, Getty Villa, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Installing “Lion Attacking a Horse” at the Getty Villa

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Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale—Musei Capitolini

The massive sculpture of a Lion Attacking a Horse hasn’t left Rome in over 2,000 years, but it feels right at home sitting in the Atrium of the Getty Villa. The giant marble, on loan through January 2013 as part… More»

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Sound: Let There Be (Some) Light

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The next time you’re in the Getty Center galleries, look up. The large louvers in the ceiling are working throughout the day to keep light-sensitive artwork from direct sunlight. The goal is to keep the amount of light coming in… More»

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      ROSE

      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      12/19/14

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