Museum Home Past Exhibitions Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love

February 12–May 4, 2008 at the Getty Center


All events are free unless otherwise noted. For information and to sign up for courses, please call (310) 440-7300.


Curator's Gallery Talks
Scott Allan, assistant curator, Department of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Free; no reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 2:30 p.m.

Film Series

The Lifted Hem: Seduction and Betrayal at the Court of Versailles
This film series is inspired by Fragonard's playful eroticism and reverence for women of the court (Louis XV's favorite mistresses Madame DuBarry and Madame Pompadour were both benefactors). Life at court during the ancien régime, particularly the assumed naughtiness of courtesanship and libertinism, captured the imagination of many a filmmaker centuries later. This series is a co-presentation by the Getty Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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Madame DuBarry (aka Passion) (Germany, 1919)
Friday, April 18, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
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Marie Antoinette (U.S., 1938)
Saturday, April 19, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
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When a Man Loves (U.S., 1927)
Saturday, April 19, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
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Monsieur Beaucaire (U.S., 1924)
Friday, April 25, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
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Start the Revolution Without Me (U.S., 1970)
Saturday, April 26, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
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DuBarry Was a Lady (U.S., 1943)
Saturday, April 26, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
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Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

College Night

Love will be in the air and all will be seduced by sweet music, savory food and drinks, guided tours, prizes, and more at this night for college students complementing the exhibition. Special guests Dr. Drew Pinsky from Loveline and VH1's Celebrity Rehab and Melissa Hyde from the University of Florida will discuss art and sexuality and take your questions. Cash bar. Complimentary soft drinks for designated drivers. Seating for Dr. Drew is limited; come early to secure a spot. Reservations are required. Show your college ID to receive free parking.

Getty Center
Thursday, February 28, 2008, 6:00–10:00 p.m.

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Fountain of Love / Fragonard

Gallery Course

Declarations of Love in Music and Image
Scholars, performers, and museum educators present a daylong exploration of notions of love as represented in the exhibition and in LA Opera's production of Puccini's La Rondine. Love is the focus of the day, from Fragonard's vision of romantic love to the Italian composer's dramatization of light-hearted liaisons in opera. Connections between the visual and performing arts are made, placing both opera and paintings in historical context with illustrated lectures, guided gallery tours, and a recital with piano and voice. Course fee $60; students/seniors $30. Open to 140 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

Saturday, May 3, 2008, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and galleries


Fragonard's Allegories of Love and Early Romanticism in France
In his allegories of love, Fragonard made a decisive break with the Rococo style. He borrowed instead elements from the period's fashionable Neoclassicism as well as from Baroque painting, elements which he fused to create some of the earliest Romantic imagery in France. Andrei Molotiu, assistant professor of art history at Indiana University, co-curator of the exhibition, and author of Fragonard's Allegories of Love, explores this stylistic change, as well as the iconography of the Allegories and their significance in the evolving social landscape of pre-revolutionary France.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall


The story of the examination of physical evidence of Fragonard's working methods in The Fountain of Love is featured in a video narrated by Mark Leonard and Scott Schaefer.