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February 1–April 24, 2005 at the Getty Center

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All events are free and are held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or use the Make Reservation buttons below. Tickets are available at the Museum Information Desk or by phone.

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations
Artist Peter Zokosky explores painting techniques used by Jacques-Louis David, from his foundation in the French Academy to the distilment of his own artistic vision.

Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, April 7
Sundays, March 6, 13, and 20, April 3
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard

Curators' Gallery Talks
Curators of the exhibition Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile lead gallery talks on the exhibition. No reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
February 10—Jon Seydl, Assistant Curator of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum
March 17—Charlotte Eyerman, Assistant Curator of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum
April 21—Scott Schaefer, Curator of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Exhibitions Pavilion

Exhibition Tours
One-hour exhibition overviews of Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile, led by gallery teachers and curators, are offered Tuesdays through Sundays at 1:30 p.m. beginning February 8. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Exhibition Videos
Watch short videos about three of David's paintings and the stories behind them: a young woman's tragic relationship to her French Revolutionary father; the importance of fashion to Bonaparte's nieces as a statement of identity; and the psychology of a mythological romance. Visit the resource lounge at the end of the exhibition.

Film Series
Napoleon Complex: Six Films in Search of an Emperor
Spanning two weekends, this film series explores the life and times of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Presented in partnership with the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

NAPOLÉON (1927, Abel Gance)
Friday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.

CONQUEST (1937, Clarence Brown)
Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.

DÉSIRÉE (1954, Henry Koster)
Sunday, March 6, 3:00 p.m.

THE DUELLISTS (1977, Ridley Scott)
Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.

WATERLOO (1970, Sergei Bondarchuk)
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 13, 3:00 p.m.

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Gallery Course
Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile
This two-part gallery/lecture course examines the career of Jacques-Louis David, from his beginnings as an insurgent artist bucking the ancien régime Academy system to his mature role as a major figure in the French Revolution, his resurgence as Napoleon's portraitist and, ultimately, his exile in Brussels. Each session includes a lecture by Jon Seydl, Assistant Curator of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and gallery discussions of the paintings and drawings in the exhibition. Course fee $20. Limited to 40 participants. Please call (310) 440-7300 for reservations.

Saturdays, February 12 and 19, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries and Studios

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Ramel de Nogaret / David

The Exhibitions Pavilion is open until 9:00 p.m. for these lectures.

Artist Series Panel
Politics of Portraits
Columnist and author Arianna Huffington, guerrilla poster artist Robbie Conal, and royal portrait painter Richard Stone discuss political portraiture in conjunction with the exhibition. Barry Munitz, President and CEO, the J. Paul Getty Trust, moderates.

Thursday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Anger of Achilles: How David Reinvented Tragic History Painting in Exile
Thomas Crow, Director, the Getty Research Institute, relates how David made his reputation as a painter of grand public canvases. These paintings dramatized tragic conflicts on a scale and in a mode of address that competed with the theatrical stage. In exile, his status in eclipse, he returned to tragedy, but now on an intimate scale, with a newly compressed tension that competed with the triumphs of his earlier life.

Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.

Jacques-Louis David, Court Artist to Napoleon
Philippe Bordes, Professor of the History of Art, Université Lyon 2, and Guest Curator of the exhibition, discusses David. Although a staunch republican during the Revolution, he was appointed First Painter to Napoleon in 1804. How did this come about and how did he play out his role at court? A number of little-known decorative arts projects by David will be highlighted.

Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

The Power and the Glory: David and the Arts of Fashion from Empire to Exile
Aileen Ribeiro, Professor of the History of Art at the University of London Courtauld Institute of Art, examines how David used fashion—as display, propaganda, and nostalgia—in his work. She looks at the splendors of dress at court during the First Empire, and discusses the links between fashion and the historical past.

Thursday, April 7, 7:00 p.m.

Point-of-View Talks
Talks are held at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Exhibitions Pavilion. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Leo Braudy, author of Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History and Bing Professor of English at the University of Southern California, discusses heroes and fame in relation to the exhibition.

Friday, March 4

Alex Donis, a Los Angeles-based visual artist, whose politically charged paintings have been the center of controversy and censorship, leads a gallery talk on David, desire, and Parisian couture.

Friday, April 15