Hopping Across Town to the Getty Villa

When I say I’m working at the Getty, those in the know ask me, “which one?”, because the Getty Center is actually the newer side of the Getty coin. J. Paul Getty, the patriarch of the dramatic Getty family and founder of the J. Paul Getty Trust and Museum, never actually saw the Getty Center. It was opened in 1997, over twenty years after he passed away. The original museum was simply him opening his Malibu ranch house to the public in the 1950s, but as his collection grew, as well as his interest in the antiquities, Getty decided he needed a more permanent structure. This led to the opening of the Getty Villa, housed entirely in his recreation of the Vesuvius-buried, Italian Villa dei Papiri.

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Fun at Winterthur, Week 8!

Well, my weekend was a colossal failure! I was supposed to work all day Saturday at a regatta in Middletown, DE, but that was called off because of the heat. Instead, I decided to go to Lancaster PA to see the farmers’ market and the historic area. I went on an hour-long scenic drive through the southern Pennsylvania countryside. When I got to Lancaster, I discovered to my disappointment that the farmers’ market was closed! As was the Lancaster historical association! Fortunately, the James Buchanan national historic site was open, so I took a tour. It was a bit odd, but it was good to check another presidential site off my list. I drove home far earlier than I expected to. On Sunday, I tried to go to Dover, DE. I got there only to find that Dover was a) tiny, b) deserted, and c) mostly closed because of the heat and because it was Sunday.

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Woody Internship – Taft Museum of Art – Blog 6

I can’t stop saying this, but I’ll say it again: time is flying this summer. It’s already the end of July (what?), and I only have two weeks left in my internship at the Taft. Time flies when you’re having fun, as they say.

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Woody Internship: Colonial Williamsburg Week 6

Some of the projects that I worked on were objects that had been in the collection for a number of years, but I was looking to see if any more information could be found with the help of technology. One such project that I worked on was a portrait of Patrick Henry. We believed the portrait to be a copy of a miniature done by artist Lawrence Sully. After reading the portrait file, I found a reference to a book that documented portraits of famous Americans. An engraving of Patrick Henry was in the book along with information referencing the engraving as a copy of drawing which was a copy of the Sully miniature. In short, our portrait was a fourth generation copy and we still did not know the artist. The portrait was sold to Colonial Williamsburg by the daughter of Kentucky artist, Oliver Frazer. However, Frazer is not believed to be the artist of this portrait due to stylistic differences. Frazer had an uncle named Robert, who was a popular jeweler in the Lexington, Kentucky area. Colonial Williamsburg has a watch in the collection that contains a watch paper with R. Frazer’s advertisement in it. In conclusion, I believe that an artist possibly training under Oliver Frazer had access to the book containing the engraving at the University of Transylvania, saw the engraving and tried to replicate it. The exact artist may never be known, but this information brings us much closer to discovering the portraits origins. I was able to present all of this information as a research discovery at one of the curatorial accessions meetings.

Art Outside of the Getty

I can’t believe summer is over halfway over and my time here is dwindling! The summer has been flying by. Nevertheless, I’m determined to squeeze every last bit I can out of this season while it lasts.

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