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Replica Buddhist Caves Rise on the Getty Center Plaza

Overhead view of the replica cave structure
The replica cave structure takes shape on the Getty Center plaza.

Replica Cave Temples of Dunhuang are taking shape on the Getty Center plaza. More»

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Robert Mapplethorpe, My Greatest Boss

Robert Mapplethorpe / English
Robert Mapplethorpe, 1987, Brian English. Courtesy of and © Brian English

Brian English recalls Robert Mapplethorpe as boss, artist, and person. More»

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How Museums Foster Cultural Understanding in Cities

LACMA, The Broad, and The Getty
Parts of the Los Angeles community: LACMA, The Broad, and The Getty. Photos from left: Susan Broman, Melissa Delzio, Photos by Clark, all CC BY-NC 2.0

Now more than ever, museums matter to our global cities. More»

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Is Photography a Method of Social Control?

Murder of Madame Veuve Bol, Projection on a Vertical Plan, 1904, Album of Paris Crime Scenes, Alphonse Bertillon. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Murder of Madame Veuve Bol, Projection on a Vertical Plan from Album of Paris Crime Scenes, 1904, Alphonse Bertillon. Gelatin silver print, 9 1/16 x 11 7/16 in. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Howard Gilman Foundation Gift, 2001 (2001.483.1–.172)

A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores photography from mug shots to crime scene photos, More»

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This Just In: The Correspondence of Art-World Power Couple Lawrence Alloway and Sylvia Sleigh

Envelope containing a letter from Lawrence Alloway to Sylvia Sleigh, February 2, 1948
Envelope containing a letter from Lawrence Alloway to Sylvia Sleigh, February 2, 1948. Alloway addressed mail to Sleigh under her married name, Greenwood. The Getty Research Institute, 2003.M.46

Newly digitized letters reveal a romantic and intellectual love affair. More»

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For Art History, Generosity Is the Real Power of the Internet

Amy Martin during a visit to the Getty
Amy Martin during a visit to the Getty

An art historian and blogger talks about open-access, the Baroque, and 17th-century executions More»

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Friendship and Stewardship

Thomas / Mapplethorpe
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Remembering Robert as client, friend, and artist More»

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One Artist, Two Museums, Many Interpretations

Self-Portrait / Mapplethorpe
Gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

A preview of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium. More»

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Why Illustrate a Cookbook?

Cucina per Campagna in M. Bartolomeo Scappi, Opera
Cucina per Campagna in M. Bartolomeo Scappi, Opera (Venice: Michele Tramezzino, 1570), pl. 6.Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, 8 OEC I, 3660 RARA

A Renaissance celeb chef tells all. More»

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The Metamorphoses of Danaë: From Venal to Virtuous to Voluptuous Woman

Danae / Gentileschi
Danaë, 1621–23, Orazio Gentileschi. Oil on canvas, 63 5/8 x 89 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016.6. Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

Modest maiden or lascivious lover? More»

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