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Fall 2016
  Flood Top: Vasari's Last Supper during removal of facing paper applied after the flood. Photo courtesy Archives of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Firenze. Above: The Florence Baptistry during the flood of 1966. Photo ©

Vasari's Last Supper Returns After 50-Year Wait

As the people of Florence commemorate the 50th anniversary of the devastating November 4, 1966 flood of the Arno River, they have a new achievement to celebrate. Giorgio Vasari's monumental oil painting, The Last Supper (1546), has finally returned to public view at the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce after a remarkable conservation effort overseen by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (OPD) with support through our Panel Paintings Initiative. "It was like bringing back alive a painting that had literally died," said Marco Ciatti, soprintendente of the OPD, in a recent article on the project in the New York Times. A Getty grant enabled the structural stabilization of the 21-foot long painting, which had sat in pieces for over four decades while conservators developed the technical expertise needed to repair Vasari's masterpiece, and trained a new generation of conservators in the process.
See how conservators saved the painting...


New Grants for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

We recently announced several new grants as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the region-wide exploration of Latin American and Latino art that launches in September 2017. REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, received a major grant to organize a 10-day performance art festival for PST: LA/LA titled Live Art: Latin America/Los Angeles. LA Promise Fund and Los Angeles Unified School District were both awarded grants for educational programs to ensure that students, especially those from underserved schools, are among the members of the public that are served through the Getty's initiative.
Browse the full list of grants for PST: LA/LA...

  CAH The Courtauld research group supported through Connecting Art Histories visits the 13th-century church of Norovank in Armenia. Photo courtesy Hadi Safaeipour

Connecting Art Histories and Culture at Risk

Many scholars engaged in our Connecting Art Histories initiative reside in areas of ongoing conflict, especially in the greater Mediterranean region. The objects under their study are also often located in unstable regions or are themselves under threat. A vivid example is a research grant organized by the Courtauld Institute of Art, Crossing Frontiers: Christians and Muslims and their Art in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus. Through field research of medieval artworks at heritage sites and museum collections, an international team is demonstrating that objects can participate in multiple histories across the region—and that the study of individual monuments is more enlightened when they are examined from multiple points of view. This past summer the Courtauld group took their first trip to Turkey and on the way home, the attempted coup d'etat of July 15–16 broke out while several participants were still in the country. Getty staff remained in close contact throughout and provided assistance to facilitate safe passage home for the remaining team members. The work of this dedicated group continued this fall with a visit to Armenia, and we truly admire their intrepid spirit and devotion to understanding the history of the past.
Learn about the Courtauld team's research...

  Folio Folio from an illustrated manuscript of Laur Chanda Sultanate Period, probably Delhi-Jaunpur belt, ca. 1525-1585. Photo: CSMVS

India and the World Workshop

A three-day workshop in October, organized and hosted by the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Trust, convened team members from the British Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum in Mumbai, to discuss the India and the World research project and related fall 2017 exhibition. The project aims to provide a prototype for how encyclopedic museums can present the history of regions and nations in a global context. Funded by a grant from the Foundation, the exhibition will present India's history in this manner by using objects from the aforementioned museums' collections, as well as from other museums throughout India.
Read more about the exhibition...


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