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Grad Intern Diary: Laurel Garber


An eBay bidding war and over 800 pastels, a year in the life of a drawings intern More»

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Posted in Art, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Sculpting Gravity

Floating Curvilinear Arc / Geyer and McMillin
Photo © Don Milici, courtesy Pasadena Museum of California Art

Making visible the earth’s elegance, through art. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Art, Education, Getty Villa

Proclamations in Clay


Make your own regal proclamation in rolled clay with these tips from artist Anna Mayer. More»

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Yes, Art Really Is Hard Work

Grave Relief of a Silversmith / Roman
Grave Relief of Publius Curtilius Agatus, Silversmith, A.D. 1–25, Roman. Marble, 31 7/16 x 23 1/16 x 12 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 96.AA.40. Bruce White Photography

In honor of Labor Day, a tribute to the hard work of artists throughout the centuries. More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Getty Conservation Institute, Research

From Green Umber to Azurite, Walnut Oil to Egyptian Sandstone, Reference Collection Helps Scientists Analyze Art Data

The Getty Conservation Institute's Art Kaplan, examining mineral samples found in the Reference Collection.

Art Kaplan is on a mission. At my request, he’s looking for a particular yellow pigment to show me—and there are hundreds of yellows to choose from, in drawers labeled Yellow Ochre, Lemon Ochre, Golden Yellow, French Yellow, and labels… More»

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