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Serving Up Zero-Calorie Desserts In Our New Online Store

Dessert Plates featuring the photographs of Jo Ann Callis

Zero-calorie doughnuts and tarts while supplies last at the Museum Store! Get ‘em while they’re hot!

Much like other calorie-free foods, these desserts aren’t edible. They’re photographs by Jo Ann Callis imprinted on dessert plates. Callis’s photographs elevate decadent desserts to seductive sculptural forms, enhanced by the unexpected presentation on sensual surfaces like silk and faux fur.

These super-cute dessert plates are perfect for serving up a little after-dinner treat. They come in four deliciously realistic designs of doughnuts, strawberry tarts, lemon meringues, and cream puffs (à la Jayne Mansfield).

Find these unbaked items in the newly launched Getty Museum Store at shop.getty.edu. Our online store sells other calorie-free gifts, too, including books, jewelry, apparel, and other unique items inspired by the Getty’s collection and exhibitions.

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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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