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Beyond Digitization—New Possibilities in Digital Art History

Madonna, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Saint Paul / Bernardo Daddi
Digital Daddis. In the Getty Center galleries with Madonna, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Saint Paul, about 1330, Bernardo Daddi. Tempera and gold leaf on panel, 47 1/2 x 22 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 93.PB.16

Museums and libraries have digitized millions of works of art. Now what? More»

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Ancient Myth, Contemporary Politics

Paris and Helen, 1786, Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748 - 1825), pen and black ink and brush and gray wash, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Paris and Helen, 1786, Jacques-Louis David. Pen and black ink and brush and gray wash, 7 3/16 x 9 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 83.GA.192

Jacques-Louis David made Greco-Roman myths directly relevant to the contemporary public, as this sly drawing shows. More»

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Lifted Cellulose Nitrate: Conserving an Early Robert Mapplethorpe Object

Untitled box / Robert Mapplethorpe
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

A conservator’s view of a complex and unusual object by Robert Mapplethorpe. More»

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New Audio Tour Celebrates the Getty Villa’s 40th Anniversary

Doorway to the Outer Peristyle of the Getty Villa / reception area

Did you know Romans kept eels as pets and bought them…jewelry? Come stroll the grounds of this 40-year-young institution to hear that story and a few others besides. More»

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Getty Voices: Aztec Idols, Explorers, and Egyptomania

Bust of an Aztec Priestess / Jean Massard the Elder
Bust of an Aztec Priestess, Jean Massard the Elder. Lithograph in Alexander von Humboldt, Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique (Paris, 1813), plate 1. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B1535

How did one of the 19th century’s greatest scholars misidentify an Aztec sculpture as Egyptian? Simple: Egyptomania. More»

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2014 at the Getty | Exhibitions and Events Preview

Bach from Terrain / Yvonne Rainer
“Bach” from Terrain, 1963, Yvonne Rainer. Gelatin silver print. Photo: Al Giese. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24.124

James Ensor, a World War I centennial, photographs from Japan, and all things Queen Victoria this year at the Getty. More»

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Giorgio Vasari’s Monumental Painting “Last Supper” Reemerges After Nearly 50 Years

Positioning the panel vertically to align the margins of the joint. Archives of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Firenze.
Positioning the panel vertically to align the margins of the joint. Archives of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Firenze.

For the first time in 47 years, the five wooden panels that make up Giorgio Vasari’s “Last Supper” are joined together again to make the artwork whole. More»

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Form versus Function: Rare Journals Acquired by the Getty Research Institute

Cover, Das Interieur
Cover, Das Interieur, 1904, Vol. 5, Part 2 (July–December). The Getty Research Insitute, 88-S330

New acquisitions provide researchers crucial context for two key international art movements—Jugendstil and Concrete Art. More»

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Holiday Lights at the Getty Center through January 4

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Get sparkly with us this winter with special starry light projections, free hot cider, and luminous exhibitions. More»

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Rings of Fire: Research at Synchrotron Facilities

Synchrotron Research Center
Late night at the Synchrotron Research Center in Stoughton, WI.

Conservation science never sleeps! And sometimes conservation scientists don’t either. What is it like to run experiments during the graveyard shift? More»

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