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Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Portraits through Modern Technology

Joy Mazurek, assistant scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, sampling a mummy portrait
Joy Mazurek, assistant scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, sampling a mummy portrait (J. Paul Getty Museum, 71.AP.72) for binding media analysis.

Funerary portraits yield their secrets. More»

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Behind the Scenes of a Special Exhibition at the Getty

Maxime LaLanne / Castle Overlooking a River
Gift of Richard A. Simms.

How a drawings show takes shape. More»

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Cleaning 700 Square Feet of Precious Tapestry

Weavers conserve a tapestry at the Gobelins Manufactory
Photo courtesy of the Gobelins Manufactory

Tapestries once owned by Louis XIV receive a high-tech cleaning. More»

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Revitalizing Barbara Hepworth’s Figure for Landscape

Figure 3: Figure for Landscape, 1960, Barbara Hepworth. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Fran and Ray Stark, 2005.108. © Bowness. After treatment on the Fran and Ray Sculpture Terrace.
Figure 3: Figure for Landscape, 1960, Barbara Hepworth. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Fran and Ray Stark, 2005.108. © Bowness. After treatment on the Fran and Ray Sculpture Terrace.

A behind-the-scenes look at restoring Barbara Hepworth’s 1960 sculpture “Figure for Landscape.” More»

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Artist William Pope.L on Humor, Race, and God

Obi Sunt (Production Image from the making of Obi Sunt), 2015, William Pope.L. Courtesy of the Artist © Pope.L
Obi Sunt (Production Image from the making of Obi Sunt), 2015, William Pope.L. Courtesy of the Artist © Pope.L

Pope.L takes our questions about his practice and the future of his work. More»

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Artist Grimanesa Amorós on the Value of Public Art

The Mirror Connection | Beijing, China
© Grimanesa Amorós

A chat with the sculptor and installation artist. More»

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Bronze Patinas, Noble and Vile

Detail of patina on a Roman bronze statue of Cupid
Statue of the Infant Cupid (detail), Roman, A.D. 1–50, Roman. Bronze with silver and copper, 25 3/16 in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 96.AB.53

They’re all made from the same stuff, so why do bronze statues come in so many different colors? More»

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A Look Back at the Fund for New Orleans, 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina

Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) Graduate Student Erika Witt holds her favorite mask in the university’s African Art Collection in preparation for a 2015 exhibition on campus as part of her graduate degree in Museum Studies. Photo: Master of Arts in Museums Studies Program, Center for African and African American Studies, SUNO
Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) Graduate Student Erika Witt holds her favorite mask in the university’s African Art Collection in preparation for a 2015 exhibition on campus as part of her graduate degree in Museum Studies. Photo: Master of Arts in Museums Studies Program, Center for African and African American Studies, SUNO

How are cultural organizations faring, 10 years after the Katrina disaster? More»

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How I Look at Art as a Conservator

Sara Mateu examines the reverse of a panel painting
Sara Mateu examines the reverse of a panel painting.

What is it like to be a panel paintings conservator? More»

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A Look Inside the Getty’s Conservation Collection

Seeley Brothers, manufacturers of Averill Paint, ready for use
Inside the book Seeley Brothers, manufacturers of Averill Paint, ready for use (New York: Seeley Brothers, ca. 1886). ID No. 2870-944

From reference tomes to textile cuttings, a collection for every conservation query. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      05/03/16

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