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Inside the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art

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Graffiti on the Berlin Wall reading, the world's too small for walls
Photo: Alexandra Novosseloff

A New Walled Order?

Walls don’t work. So why do we keep building them? More»

Props used in the Guerrilla Girls' actions: plastic gun, bananas, and gorilla fingers with nail polish
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Treasures from the Vault: The Guerrilla Girls Archive

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Getty Museum's senior curator of antiquities, Jeffrey Spier, in the East Garden at the Getty Villa

Meet Jeffrey Spier, the Getty Museum’s New Antiquities Chief

What the Getty Museum’s new senior curator of antiquities has on his to-do list. More»

Memorial for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in a shopping mall
Photo: Christof Zwiener

How Should We Remember the Berlin Wall?

“We believe that celebrations and congratulatory moments must give way to more creative engagement.” More»

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        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.


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