Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the art of manuscript illumination.
Thursdays: July 10, 17, 24, and 31, and August 7
Sundays: July 13, 20, and 27, and August 3 and 10
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Hear more about the exhibition with the Museum's Audioguide, available in the Entrance Hall.
Curator's Gallery Talks
Curators discuss the exhibition in these one-hour talks held in the Exhibitions Pavilion. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at noon on the day of the talk.
Richard Gay, Assistant Curator of manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Friday, June 27, 1:30 p.m.
Thomas Kren, Curator of manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Friday, July 11, 1:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Morrison, Assistant Curator of manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum
Friday, August 8, 1:30 p.m.
Scot McKendrick, Curator of manuscripts, The British Library, London, and co-editor of the exhibition catalogue
Thursday, August 14, 1:30 p.m.
Join us for a summer solstice celebration of nature and the art of Renaissance Europe. Experience Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and make your own headdress with leaves and flowers (like Shakespeare's character Oberon—the king of the fairies). It's a delightful day of merriment with music, dance, theater, costumes, and interactive workshops inspired by the exhibitions Illuminating the Renaissance and Picturing the Natural World. Produced by Community Arts Resources
Saturday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., Museum Courtyard
The Renaissance comes to life at the Getty in all its pageantry and finery. Draw inspiration from the great Flemish and Florentine masters as you make your own work of art. A day of celebration with music, dance, theater, costumes, and interactive workshops. Produced by Community Arts Resources
Saturday, August 2, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Museum Courtyard
Exhibitions Pavilion Gallery Talks are offered Tuesdays through Sundays at 1:30 p.m. beginning June 24.
No reservations required.
The Exhibitions Pavilion will be open until 9:00 p.m. for these lectures.
Burgundian Rulers, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts, and a Fresh Perspective on the Renaissance
Thomas Kren, curator of manuscripts, J. Paul Getty Museum, looks at the artists and powerful patrons who helped create a new style of Flemish manuscript illumination. The style began in the 1470s and remained popular across Europe over the next 90 years.
Thursday, June 26, 7:00 p.m.
A Taste for Flanders: Manuscript Illumination and the English Elite
Janet Backhouse, former curator of illuminated manuscripts at The British Library, London, discusses the role of English patronage in the development of Flemish illumination, both how it spurred the production of manuscripts in Flanders and how it influenced collecting practices in England.
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 p.m.
Illuminating Dress at the Burgundian and Hapsburg Courts
Margaret Scott, head of history of dress, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, discusses aspects of fashionable dress at the Burgundian and Hapsburg courts during the Renaissance, as well as ways in which dress in manuscript illuminations could link the present to the glorious past for readers of histories and romances.
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.
Family Music Concert
Featuring members of the early music ensemble Musica Angelica, Musical Superheroes introduces children and their families to the enchanting worlds of ancient Greek and Roman mythology and Renaissance music and dance. The colorfully costumed performers use theatrical props and call on listeners to take part in the singing.
Saturday, June 28, 2:00 p.m.
Gordon Getty Concert
Sounds of the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Polyphony
The acclaimed early music ensemble, Musica Angelica, presents a program featuring the works of the great Franco-Flemish polyphonists: Josquin des Prez, Guillaume Dufay, Jacob Obrecht, Adrian Willaert, and Cipriano da Rore, among others. They were the first composers to successfully balance and blend the competing demands of horizontal melody and vertical harmony. A chamber choir gives eloquent voice to this uniquely Renaissance achievement in both sacred motets and movements from the mass, as well as in chansons and madrigals. A mixed consort of flutes, organ, spinet, lutes, viola da gamba, and hurdy-gurdy provides a rich palette of instrumental colors.
Tickets $20; students/seniors $15
Saturday, June 28, 8:00 p.m.
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.
Contemporary artist Tom Knechtel discusses how Flemish artists captured a sense of daily life during the Renaissance in their works.
Friday, July 25
Kenneth Turan, a film critic for the Los Angeles Times, discusses the proto-cinematic quality of selected Flemish illuminations.
Friday, August 22
Upcoming Manuscripts Exhibitions
Transforming Tradition: Reflections of Ancient Art in Medieval Manuscripts
September 23 – November 30, 2003
Manuscripts in the Age of the Cathedrals, 1200-1350 (working title)
December 16, 2003 – March 7, 2004
Manuscripts in the Age of the Monasteries, 800-1200 (working title)
March 23 – June 13, 2004