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2014 by the Numbers

Jim Cuno: The Getty in 2014 by the numbers

The year in review, infographic style. More»

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Why Give Time to the Arts? 6 Questions for Getty Volunteer Stephen Thorne

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Say “Guten Tag!” to Stephen Thorne, one of the Getty Center’s first volunteers. More»

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Open Content, An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The Getty announces its new Open Content Program

A new commitment to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible. More»

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Our L.A., Mapped

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What place says “L.A.” to you? What’s your favorite building, corner, or monument? What is your L.A.? More»

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Ask Him Anything! Jim Cuno on Reddit This Monday

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Jim sits down with Snoo, Reddit’s alien mascot, to prep himself for the upcoming Q&A.

Jim takes on Reddit. More»

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First Annual Day of Service Is a Hit

Jim Cuno at the Getty's Day of Service, March 11, 2013

Reflections on the Getty’s first annual Day of Service. More»

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New “Getty Voices” Project Features Creative Angles on Art and Culture, One Week at a Time

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This morning we launched Getty Voices, a new social media project on The Iris led by a different member of the Getty community every week. More»

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The Arts on the World Economic Stage—Notes from Davos

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Notes and video excerpts from the Getty’s participation in the World Economic Forum. More»

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New Getty Mission Statement Foregrounds Critical Thinking, Collaboration

Facets of the Getty: fostering curiosity and enjoyment, presenting and interpreting art, creating and sharing knowledge, advancing conservation practice.

As we approach the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Getty Center, which brought the Getty’s four programs together in a single place for the first time, we took the occasion to refocus the mission statement of the Getty… More»

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      ROSE

      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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