Friday, August 31, 2012

J. Paul Getty Museum Video Gallery

Go behind the scenes at the J. Paul Getty Museum to learn about the collection, art-making techniques, conservation projects, and exhibitions. Choose a category to see a list of videos on each subject. 

Here is a video example of what you will find:

Making a Spanish Polychrome Sculpture

Seventeenth-century Spanish polychrome sculpture was intended to appear as lifelike as possible. Compared to bronze or marble statues, sculpted and painted wooden figures--often with glass eyes and wigs--achieve a remarkable realistic effect. Artists specialized in particular Spanish polychromy techniques, such as estofado : painting and incising to create rich silk fabrics with raised patterns in gold and silver used for the garments, and encarnaciones : blending and applying of oil paint for lips, hair, and modulations of the skin.