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Preserving art and culture for the future, from field projects around the world to conservation science in the Getty’s own state-of-the-art labs

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Peru Field Notebook: An Update from Kuño Tambo

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A field team from the Conservation Institute reaches a milestone in its efforts to preserve earthen buildings from earthquakes. More»

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Conserving Architectural Models: Behind the Scenes in the Research Institute Conservation Lab

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How are architectural models conserved? A look at the field, and two displayed in “Overdrive.” More»

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Getty Voices: The Stones of Rome

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Rome is defined by its beautiful stone buildings, bridges, and sculptures. But stone isn't eternal, even in the Eternal City. Photo: Scott S. Warren

Conservators from around the world have gathered in Rome to learn techniques for preserving stone artworks and monuments. More»

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The Eames House – Conserving a California Icon

GCI staff Emily Macdonald-Korth carrying out paint excavation on exterior metal work.

A multidisciplinary team is investigating the iconic Eames House in order to preserve it for the future. More»

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Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger Advises “Don’t Squeeze Out All the Fresh Air”

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“We’re much more sensitive in general to historic buildings than we once were.” How to move forward while preserving the past. 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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Getty Voices: Peru Field Notebook

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Our new Getty Voices series kicks off with a weeklong view into one of the Getty Conservation Institute’s international field projects. More»

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What Do Rocks Have to Do with Renaissance Art?

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Why the manuscript illuminations in Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance really rock. More»

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Conserving Pacino di Bonaguida: My Getty Foundation Fellowship

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The Panel Paintings Initiative is training the next generation of conservators of paintings on wood panels, and including professionals from Eastern Europe is a high priority. In this post, Polish conservator Aleksandra Hola describes her experience with the program. For… More»

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A Roman Emperor Sojourns at the Getty Villa

Wheeling the Statue of Tiberius from the loading dock at the Getty VIlla

The Roman emperor Tiberius, who ruled from A.D. 14 to 37, has something of a reputation for wanting to get away from it all. In 6 B.C., he stepped out of the political and military arena and settled for seven… More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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