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Prometheus Bound: A God Stands Up for Humans’ Rights

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Look for these posters around town this summer. The photo shows Ron Cephas Jones performing the remarkable feat of embodying Prometheus while anchored to the 23-foot-tall rotating wheel.

Prometheus gave humans fire, and for that he was punished for all of eternity. His story is brought to life in the Villa’s outdoor theater this fall. More»

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Artists Reinventing the Museum, A Google Art Talk with Sam Durant

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Artists are helping museums transform themselves for the 21st century. A conversation. More»

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Getty Voices: What #isamuseum?

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“The project emerged through extended dialogue with members of the Getty Museum’s Education Department, and it was certainly a collaboration.” More»

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The Monuments Men and the Race to Save Masterpieces, A Q&A with Robert Edsel

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Robert Edsel

“What makes a man risk his life to save someone else’s life, much less a work of art?” More»

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The Civil War in Pictures

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Portrait of a Confederate Soldier, about 1862, unknown photographer. Hand-colored ambrotype, 2 9/16 x 2 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 84.XT.818.16

The Civil War captured in early photographs, from young New Yorkers headed to the battlefield to Robert E. Lee one week after the surrender. More»

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Getty Voices: Researching the Renaissance

Julian Brooks in Florence with reproductions of Andrea del Sarto's Renaissance drawings
Florence, del Sarto, and I.

“It’s amazing to be immersed in Andrea del Sarto’s home city, his drawings, paintings, frescoes, and his life, normally all so far away when I’m in L.A.” More»

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Getty Voices: Be a Photograph Sleuth

Miriam looks through her handy magnifying glass and light to try to determine the photographic process of this image.
Miriam looks through her handy magnifying glass and light to try to determine the photographic process of this image.

I spend as much of my time looking through a magnifying glass as a classic detective does—solving the mysteries of the Getty’s Department of Photographs. More»

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Getty Voices: Attic Pots and Atomic Particles

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How did the ancient Greeks make their characteristic red-and-black pottery? Modern science may finally yield the answer. More»

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Neon Hitmen

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Tokyo Drifter, screening this weekend, “smacks you in the face with a bucket of WTF paint.” More»

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Ancient Sicilian Coins: Miniature Masterpieces, Full-Scale Challenges

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Royal Library of Belgium—Coin Cabinet

The designer of the Sicily exhibition at the Getty Villa reveals the challenges of displaying small, double-sided, intricate objects—coins. More»

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