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Winter 2014
Image derived from: Astronomer by Candlelight, Dutch, late 1650s, Gerrit Dou. Oil on panel. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Digital Art History

  Professor Willeke Wendrich (UCLA, Archaeology) demonstrates her work on digital reconstructions of ancient Egyptian architecture Professor Willeke Wendrich (UCLA, Archaeology) demonstrates her work on digital reconstructions of ancient Egyptian architecture
The latest digital tools allow researchers to handle large volumes of digitized images and texts, recover the past in virtual environments, and bring the complex intricacies of works of art to light as never before. The Foundation's newest initiative is helping art historians explore the opportunities and challenges presented by these advanced technologies. Along with previously announced grants for training institutes at UCLA and George Mason University, Harvard's metaLAB will offer a third course this summer entitled Beautiful Data: Telling Stories About Art with Open Collections.

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Conservation

  Front of Giorgio Vasari's Last Supper (1546) reassembled for the first time in nearly 50 years following a Getty Panel Paintings Initiative training grant. Image courtesy Archives of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence Front of Giorgio Vasari's Last Supper (1546) reassembled for the first time in nearly 50 years following a Getty Panel Paintings Initiative training grant. Image courtesy Archives of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence
Following a recent New York Times feature on the conservation of Giorgio Vasari's Last Supper (1546), which was supported by the Foundation as part of the Panel Paintings Initiative, fashion giant Prada has now taken up the cause. The company is providing additional funding to complete the restoration of the huge altarpiece damaged in the Florence flood of 1966—a great example of how a Getty grant can leverage further funding.

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Connecting Art Histories

  The Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro project team visits the Museo de Arte de Queretaro north of Mexico City, 2013 The Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro project team visits the Museo de Arte de Querétaro north of Mexico City, 2013
The Foundation's Connecting Art Histories initiative has a truly global reach, providing opportunities for exchange among art historians across national and regional borders. Building this connective tissue continues in 2014: lead scholars from the University of Texas at Austin will travel to Buenos Aires for a research seminar with colleagues from throughout the region on Latin American and Latino vanguard art from 1960–1990; the State University of Rio de Janeiro will hold its final meeting in Quito, capping a two–year exchange among art history departments in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Ecuador on the topic of 19th–century Latin American art; and on another continent, Harvard's Villa I Tatti in Florence will again host Chinese scholars at the summer seminar, Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism.

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Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative

  Screenshot of Seattle's inscriptions tool on A Branch of the Cold Season., Yang Hiu, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), hanging scroll, ink on paper Screenshot of Seattle's inscriptions tool on A Branch of the Cold Season, Yang Hiu, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), hanging scroll, ink on paper
From our Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) come the two latest digital publications, the Seattle Art Museum's Chinese Painting & Calligraphy and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Southeast Asian Art Catalogue. With more than half of the initiative partners now having published their online catalogues, OSCI has reached an important milestone. In tandem with other digital efforts across the Getty, the initiative is providing scholars and the public alike unprecedented new access to important museum collections and research materials.

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Getty Leadership Institute
Summer Program Returns in 2014

  Participants at the 2011 GLI at CGU Participants at the 2011 GLI at CGU
After a year–long hiatus to survey the field and develop new programs, the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI at CGU) has re–launched its programs. The restructured 2014 Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders includes one week of online courses and a two–week residency at CGU, all designed to address current trends and challenges in the museum field. Supported by the Getty Foundation, the program aims to help experienced executives become better leaders, thereby strengthening their institutions.

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