Reference Collection

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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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      Views of Versailles from the 1920s by photographer Eugène Atget

      A mob stormed the palace of Versailles during the night of October 5, 1789. No French head of state ever resumed permanent residence there, though everyone from Bonaparte to De Gaulle and Sarkozy have spent extended time living in pavilions on the grounds.

      Atget became obsessed with Versailles, which he saw as the embodiment of French civilization—a blend of elegance, order, and baroque excess. He worked there from 1901 until his death over 25 years later.


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