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Winter 2016
  PBS Above: Getty Foundation senior program officer Antoine Wilmering with "Culture at Risk" host Jeff Brown at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (OPD) in Florence. Top: A conservator at the OPD works on Vasari's Last Supper (1546) during filming for "Culture at Risk." Photo: Frank Carlson


In The News: Panel Paintings

Several grants in our Panel Paintings Initiative dedicated to training a future generation of conservators have recently been in the news. PBS NewsHour's "Culture at Risk" visited the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence for a behind-the-scenes look at this leading conservation workshop. The episode included the restoration of Giorgio Vasari's Last Supper (1546), which was damaged in the Florence flood of 1966 and is undergoing treatment with Getty support. Excitement is also building for an upcoming exhibition of early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch. The exhibition will take place in the artist's hometown at the Noordbrabants Museum on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Bosch's death. Without structural repairs supported through a Getty grant, several key multi-panel works in Italy would not have been stable enough to travel for the show. We will be sharing more information about the exhibition—and a related web application that makes nearly forty works by Bosch available in unprecedented detail—in the weeks ahead.
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  OSCI Cover of LACMA's OSCI catalogue.

OSCI Reviews in Ars Orientalis

Two of the digital publications supported through the Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) received positive reviews in the current issue of Ars Orientalis. LACMA's Southeast Asian Art and Seattle Art Museum's Chinese Painting & Calligraphy are both praised for their features, scholarship, and potential to become benchmarks for museum publishing in the online environment. The reviews appear in Ars Orientalis' Digital Initiatives column, an online-only feature of the publication that examines digital projects related to research on art of the Middle East and Asia.
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  CAH Participants in the Ambitious Alignments project viewing the Anthony Forge Collection at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Photo: Yvonne Lowe © Power Institute, University of Sydney.

Connecting Art Histories Online Resources

Scholars around the world are able to participate in transnational collaborations as part of our Connecting Art Histories initiative, and a growing number of these grantees are sharing their research online. One example is a website for the Power Institute's Ambitious Alignments research seminars. The grant is enabling a group of international art historians interested in modern art across Southeast Asia to gather for three meetings, the last of which will be held in Singapore later this month. The website allows participants to share photographs from site visits, promote public presentations of their work, and have a forum for communication between meetings. Other research projects that now have websites include the Art of the Crusades in the Medieval Mediterranean led by researchers at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Redes Intelectuales, a collaborative study of the artistic and intellectual networks across Latin America in the 1920s and 1970s among art historians from seven different countries in the region.
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  Mumbai workshop Participants in the recent British Museum workshop in Mumbai, India.

International Museum Workshop in India

Foundation leadership traveled to India late last fall for a workshop supported as part of a British Museum training initiative. The workshop, entitled Creating Museums of World Stories, brought together alumni of the British Museum's International Training Program in November at the Chhatrapatī Shivaji Mahārāj Vastu Saňgrahālay museum (CSMVS) in Mumbai. The Getty grant allowed approximately 100 participants from 18 different countries—mainly from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East— to take part in the meeting. A key component of the program was the group exercises in which participants developed ten hypothetical exhibitions designed to spread the values of universal art museums. Attendees also discussed an upcoming exhibition planned for late 2016 by the British Museum and the CSMVS, India and the World.
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