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What Mask Do You Wear?

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What is the Mobile Arts Platform and why should you tell us what mask you wear? More»

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“L.A. Summer of Learning” Turns the City into an Open-Air Classroom

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Make your own summer camp with this new citywide program. More»

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What Did the Byzantine Empire Smell Like?

Bottles of aromatics at a recent Getty Villa workshop
Byzantium in a bottle (or two)

Visit medieval Constantinople through perfume you can make yourself. More»

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Make Your Own Tiara with Artist Marianne Sadowski

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A crown fit for royalty…that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. More»

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Art History Is for Kids!

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Young (but savvy) pirate explorers conquer the Connecting Seas exhibition, offering some telling observations. More»

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Learning from Snowflakes

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A seemingly simple pop-up book can be the springboard to teach kids about identity and individuality. More»

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Boot Camp for Conservators Explores X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

XRF analysis of The Title Makers / Alfred Jensen
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In a joint Yale-Getty program, conservators learn to harness physics to analyze art. More»

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Proclamations in Clay

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Make your own regal proclamation in rolled clay with these tips from artist Anna Mayer. More»

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Friday DIY: Create Your Own Camera Obscura

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Make your own camera obscura two ways: in a box, or in a whole room. More»

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Getty Museum and Khan Academy Partner in Online Learning

Getty Museum's content on Khan Academy's website

The Getty Museum and the Khan Academy will work together to create new learning resources, including videos. 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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