Open Culture has announced that the Getty Museum has published an additional 77,000 images to its Open Content Archive! The Getty Museum’s Open Content Archive is a
Bust of the Emperor Commodus. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program
repository of images that the museum has placed in the Public Domain.
More than 87,000 high resolution images are now available via the Getty’s Open Content Archive. To learn more about this project and other resources available to the public, see the article by Open Content Archive:
Some dark, mysterious spots found on the art and remains in King Tut’s tomb indicate that the Boy King was buried hastily. The spots, which were evident in 1922 when the tomb was uncovered, are still one of the mysterious aspects of the burial. Microbiologists at the Getty Conservation Institute have yet to match the melanins in the spots to any living organism.
Dark Spots on Art Inside the Tomb
Egyptologists believe that the young Pharaoh died suddenly which lead to a hasty burial. The dark spots seem to indicate that the painted plaster on the walls was not dry when the tomb was sealed, allowing microbes to grow on the moist regions fed with the accompanying incense and food provided for the Boy King to accompany his journey to the afterlife.
The mysterious statue dubbed the “Getty Goddess” has been repatriated to Italy. The identity of the goddess remains a mystery – many believe it to be the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone. The statue was purchased in 1988 amidst great controversy surrounding its provenance. Police, scholars, and private detectives have successfully pin-pointed its recovery to an illicit excavation in Morgantina in the 1970s.
Its scandalous origins has meant that it has largely been ignored in academic circles. Now at home in a 17th century monastery, Art Historians are hoping that they can correctly identify its subject and history. For more on the “Getty Goddess,” read this LA Times article.