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2014 by the Numbers

Jim Cuno: The Getty in 2014 by the numbers

The year in review, infographic style. More»

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#GettyCloser to Art Behind the Scenes

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Calling all art nerds for our next behind-the-scenes tweetup. More»

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This Just In: 19th-Century “Peep Show” Was the Forerunner of 3D Movies

Diorama of King Ludwig’s Canal, detail of etchings
Diorama of King Ludwig’s Canal (detail), about 1846, printed in Germany. Seven hand-colored etchings with front and back boards, each 16 x 22 cm. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.PR.37

Let us marvel at this low-tech wonder from the past. More»

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Are We Living in a Barrier-Industrial Complex?

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Courtesy of and © Miki Kratsman

The art and politics of border walls. More»

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Conserving Mosaics in the Middle East and North Africa, A MOSAIKON Trainer’s Account

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A participant in 2014 MOSAIKON training workshop organized by the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (CCA) and supported by the Getty Foundation conserves a second-century Roman mosaic

A conversation with mosaics expert Roberto Nardi about conservation training. More»

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How to Frame a Masterpiece

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How a frame conservator plays matchmaker between frames and paintings. More»

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Remembering Lewis Baltz

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Lewis Baltz standing in front of his installation, Ronde de Nuit, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1992

The influential photographer, writer, and teacher has passed. More»

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Two Darkly Humorous Czech Films about the Craziness of Politics

Poster for the film The Joke, 1968
Poster for The Joke (Žert), 1968

“What’s so bracing about Czech New Wave films is how honest and artful they are.” More»

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Treasures from the Vault: Heinrich Geissler’s Groundbreaking Archive

Black and white photograph of an unsigned drawing of a man holding a bow
Study photograph of an unsigned drawing of a man holding a bow

A newly catalogued archive sheds light on how art history was written in Germany after the war. More»

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A Week in the Life of Manet’s “Spring”

Hanging Manet's Spring in the Getty Center, West Pavilion

Watch the arrival of Manet’s painting Spring, from delivery van to gallery wall. More»

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      COBALT

      The histories of many colors are amazing, but cobalt may well have the most brilliant of them all. From the Ming Dynasty to Renaissance Italy, cobalt was a popular glaze for porcelain and other ceramics. Cobalt ink is invisible unless exposed to flame, which turns it a vivid green. In the 17th century, this quality made Europeans believe it was witchcraft, but decades later it was used as a neat trick on fire screens. It wasn’t until 1802 that painters added cobalt to their palette. 

      It is this little tidbit from cobalt’s history that saved master forger Han van Meergeren’s skin after WWII, when he was tried for collaborating with the Nazis. Want to find out how some art history sleuthing and smart science got him a not guilty verdict? Hint: Don’t try to forge a Vermeer with cobalt! 

      Read all about it in The Brilliant History of Color in Art!

      Images, clockwise:

      Glazed earthenware dish with a marchant ship, Italy, about 1510. 

      Glazed earthenware tile floor, Spain, about 1425-50.

      Porcelain lidded vase, China, about 1662-1772.

      All objects from the J. Paul Getty Museum. 

      12/18/14

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