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How to Frame a Masterpiece

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How a frame conservator plays matchmaker between frames and paintings. More»

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A Week in the Life of Manet’s “Spring”

Hanging Manet's Spring in the Getty Center, West Pavilion

Watch the arrival of Manet’s painting Spring, from delivery van to gallery wall. More»

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This Just In: Édouard Manet’s “Spring”

Spring (Jeanne Demarsy) / Manet
Spring (Jeanne Demarsy), 1881, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas, 29 1/8 x 20 ¼ in. The J. Paul Getty Museum

For Manet, fashion and the femininity were metaphors for the skilled artifice of painting itself. More»

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The Radical Artistic Vision of Manet’s “Spring”

Spring as installed at the Getty Museum / Edouard Manet
Spring (Jeanne Demarsy), 1881, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas, 29 1/8 x 20 ¼ in. The J. Paul Getty Museum

This beautiful painting contains the germ of modern art as we know it. More»

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10 Reasons Peter Paul Rubens Is the Ultimate Renaissance Man

Self-Portrait / Peter Paul Rubens
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Multitasker, social media genius, collector, diplomat. More»

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Database of Knoedler Gallery Stock Books Now Online

Scan of a Knoedler stock book
Scan of a Knoedler stock book noting inventory of paintings by Moreau, Gérôme, and others. The Getty Research Institute, 2012.M.54

New online: searchable records from the 19th-century stock books of famed art dealers Knoedler Gallery. More»

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Long Looks from Island to Island

Old Couple / John Currin
Artwork © John Currin. Photo: Robert McKeever

Two paintings of lovers, decades and centuries apart. More»

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Whale Tales and Sea Monsters

Venus on the Waves (detail), 1769, Francois Boucher. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Venus on the Waves (detail), 1769, Francois Boucher. J. Paul Getty Museum.

What is worse than a shark? Oh, that’s right. A lot. More»

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Who Was James Ensor?

The Skeleton Painter / James Ensor
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels. Image © Lukas-Art in Flanders vzw, photo Hugo Maertens

Belgium’s most eccentric, scandalous, and shocking painter is the focus of an exhibition at the Getty Center this summer. More»

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Three Cameras, One Painting—Pollock’s “Mural” on Video

Laptop with Jackson Pollock's Mural
Behind the scenes during production of videos about Jackson Pollock’s Mural. Painted 1943, oil and casein on canvas, 95 5/8 x 237 3/4 in. The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa

Midcentury painting inspires 21st-century video. 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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