About: Laura Cogburn

I'm a grants management and database specialist with the Getty Foundation. I received my B.A. in art history from Scripps College in Claremont, California, attended the graduate program in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Southern California, and have a M.L.I.S. from San José State University. I worked for many years supporting the administration of the Getty Foundation’s international giving program in the conservation of art and architecture, and I currently focus on improving systems to manage grantmaking, and am collaborating with other foundations to gather and aggregate data about philanthropy. I've made a pilgrimage to the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand, to see artifacts from the heroic age of Antarctic Exploration and hope someday to visit Sir Ernest Shackleton’s grave in South Georgia Island.

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Christmas at the South Pole: Conserving Sites of Antarctic Exploration

Ernest Shackleton's 1908 Nimrod expedition base, Cape Royds
Ernest Shackleton's 1908 Nimrod expedition base, Cape Royds. © Antarctic Heritage Trust, nzaht.org

“The last view of civilization, the last sight of fields, and trees, and flowers, had come and gone on Christmas Eve, 1901, and as the night fell, the blue outline of friendly New Zealand was lost to us in the… More»

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      Clocking in at a giant 400 square feet, this tapestry, Triumph of Bacchus, teems with tiny details and hidden narratives.

      Here are just three:

      • At bottom center, Bacchus poses on the world’s largest wine fountain.
      • To the left, a sad, Eeyore-like donkey waits for satyrs and men to unload grapes from his back.
      • To the right, a rowdy monkey rides a camel that carries wooden barrels—presumably to be filled with wine.

      The tapestry is one of the highlights of the exhibition Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV. (L.A. folks: final weekend!)

      More on The Iris: A Tour of the Triumph of Bacchus

      Triumph of Bacchus (overall view and details), about 1560, design by Giovanni da Udine under the supervision of Raphael; woven at the workshop of Frans Geubels, Brussels. Wool, silk, and gilt metal-wrapped thread. Courtesy of Le Mobilier National. Image © Le Mobilier National. Photo by Lawrence Perquis

      04/29/16

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