Art, Behind the Scenes, Getty Center

A Devilish Artwork for Halloween

Here’s an artwork from our collection that makes me squeal…with terror! The multicolored demons attacking my pal Saint Anthony are hooves down the scariest creatures around.

The blue devil is a total gangster. He bullied his way onto our new audio tour Demons, Angels, & Monsters: The Supernatural in Art. My young friends Benjamin, Bryn, Devin, Kayla, Michael, Michelle, Riley, and William are the real stars of the tour, though, with their opinions on supernatural fashion, monstrous behavior, and spectacular superpowers.

Getty Museum Pig on Halloween

Like my costume?

For this particularly devilish artwork, feast your ears on nine-year-old Bryn’s tips for spotting the demons that dwell amongst us…right after the intro from the threatening thug.

The audio tour is fun for angels and monsters of all ages. Plus, all audio tours at the Getty Center are free through February 5.

Happy Halloween!

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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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