About: Rosie Narasaki

Well, you’ve gathered that I’m an intern at the Getty, but what else am I? I’m a freelance writer, a ghostwriter (though unfortunately, not Ghost Rider), and an excellent whistler, among other things. I was born and raised in California, and I self-designed a major in Creative Writing for Performance (basically, playwriting with a fancier name) at Scripps College. In my spare time, I like to shop sales, rollerblade, eavesdrop on drunk people, and watch copious amounts of TV.

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Yes, Art Really Is Hard Work

Grave Relief of a Silversmith / Roman
Grave Relief of Publius Curtilius Agatus, Silversmith, A.D. 1–25, Roman. Marble, 31 7/16 x 23 1/16 x 12 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 96.AA.40. Bruce White Photography

In honor of Labor Day, a tribute to the hard work of artists throughout the centuries. More»

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The Kids’ Perspective: Recess Monkey at the Getty


Knock-knock jokes, puns, fantasy band names, and more from the Getty Center’s youngest visitors. More»

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The Adventures of Cricket and Flatfoot (aka The Okee Dokee Brothers)


How’s this for a job: float down a river, then sing about it. The Okee Dokee Brothers reveal how they make it work. More»

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Friday Flights ’80s Night: The Costume Contest Winners Are…

Strike a pose.
Strike a pose.

What should you wear to the museum? A Madonna costume, most definitely. More»

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My First Concert Ever: Saturdays Off the 405 with Pickwick

Rosie Narasaki at Saturdays Off the 405 at the Getty Center
NOT photoshopped. Courtesy of ace-photographer (and Getty public programs coordinator) Jaclyn Kalkhurst

Really? Yes. 20-something intern Rosie Narasaki attends her first concert ever. And likes it. More»

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How I Learned to Swing Dance (Sort of) at Friday Flights

Worried me amongst the fresh vibe and poppin' jams at the last Friday Flight.

In her second week as a Getty intern, Rosie Narasaki gracefully accepts our challenge: dance poorly, and repeatedly, in public. More»

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      The Queen Who Wasn’t

      Louis XIV clandestinely wed his mistress, Madame de Maintenon, at Versailles on October 9 or 10, 1683. The marriage was much gossiped about but never openly acknowledged. She was never queen.

      Madame de Maintenon had been the {judgy} governess to Louis XIV’s children by his previous mistress, Madame de Montespan. Louis gave these children moneyed titles—such as the comte de Toulouse, who ordered the tapestries shown here for his residence outside Paris.

      Louis’s secret marriage ushered in a period of religious fervor, in sharp contrast to the light-hearted character of his early reign. Madame de Maintenon was known for her Catholic piety, and founded a school for the education of impoverished noble girls at Saint-Cyr in 1686 that stayed in operation until 1793. This engraving of the Virgin and Child was dedicated to her by the king.

      Virgin and Child, late 1600s, Jean-Louis Roullet after Pierre Mignard; Johann Ulrich Stapf, engraver. The Getty Research Institute. Tapestries from the Emperor of China series. The J. Paul Getty Museum


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