Museum Home Past Exhibitions Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution

June 30–September 27, 2009 at the Getty Center


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Gallery Course

Born in Bronze: Collecting Tastes in French Sculpture from the Monarch to the Private Patron
Join Museum educator Lilit Sadoyan in this course exploring the stylistic shifts that occured in French bronze sculpture in the 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s. The course focuses on two of the main themes of the exhibition—mythology and royal portraiture. Course fee $20. Open to 40 participants.

Friday, September 18, 2009, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall

Family Festival

Enjoy a day in the Gallic countryside with this festival featuring chanteuse Jessica Fichot and the cosmopolitan sounds of Jean-Paul Monsché. Dive into folk tales and be awed by giant fantastic creatures by Dragon Knight.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Courtyard


French Royal Bronze Collections from Louis XIV to the Revolution
Stéphane Castelluccio of the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris speaks about the different sensitivities kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI had for bronzes and the evolution of taste and display during their reigns.

Sunday, September 6, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

The Art of Translation: French Bronzes and Their Making
Francesca G. Bewer, research curator at Harvard Art Museum's Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, considers both the historical and technical aspects of French bronze sculpture.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Point of View: Artist's Talk
Sanford Decker, sculptor and president of Decker Studios Fine Arts Foundry, leads a discussion on the art and fabrication of bronze sculpture. Sign up at the Information Desk in the Museum Entrance Hall beginning at 1:00 p.m. the day of the program. Free; no reservations required.

Saturday, September 26, 2009, 2:30 p.m
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Curator's Gallery Talks
Antonia Boström, senior curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Anne-Lise Desmas, associate curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, lead talks on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required.

Wednesdays, July 1 and 15, August 5 and 19, September 9 and 23, 2009, 1:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Pluto Abducting Proserpine / Girardon


Gordon Getty Concert: Les Paladins presents French Baroque Heroes
Exploring a famous time in its nations history, Les Paladins brings the magnificence of French Baroque music to life with works by the greatest composers of the period, from Couperin to Lully, Charpentier to Rameau. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Studio Courses

Bronze Sculpture Workshop
Learn the art of lost-wax casting with artist Christopher Slatoff. Explore sculpting, moldmaking, casting, and finishing techniques to create a small bronze relief medallion. Sessions take place at the Getty Center and Decker Studios Fine Arts Foundry in North Hollywood. Course fee $215; $195 students (includes materials, foundry tour, and bronze-casting fees).

September Course
Part 1: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum studios

Part 2: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Decker Studios Fine Arts Foundry

Part 3: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Decker Studios Fine Arts Foundry

August Course

Part 1: Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum studios

Part 2: Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Decker Studios Fine Arts Foundry

Part 3: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Decker Studios Fine Arts Foundry

Culinary Workshop: The Spectacle of French Cuisine from Renaissance to Revolution
Explore French culinary traditions, tour the Getty, take part in a hands-on cooking session using historic recipes, and enjoy lunch together. Course fee $75. Open to 20 participants.

Thursday, July 30, 2009, 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 13, 2009, 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room

Special Promotion

Lu Cookie Tasting
Come to the exhibition and taste Lu brand's Petit Écolier cookies.

July 5, 9, and 10; and September 6, 11, and 12, 2009