About: Karen Trentelman and Marc Walton

Karen Trentelman I'm senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the principal investigator and project director of the Athenian Pottery Project. Marc Walton I'm a scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, and co-principal investigator and scientific director of the Athenian Pottery Project. See all the team members and partners here »

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Posted in Antiquities, Art & Archives, Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Getty Conservation Institute, J. Paul Getty Museum, Scholarship, Voices

Getty Voices: Attic Pots and Atomic Particles


How did the ancient Greeks make their characteristic red-and-black pottery? Modern science may finally yield the answer. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

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

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #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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