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Gallery Course

Collecting the Past and the Perception of Antiquity
Aristocratic European taste and the custom of collecting antiquities helped to frame perceptions of the classical past. Join art historian Ann Steinsapir in a discussion of the ways in which 18th- and 19th-century collectors' decisions have impacted our understanding of ancient Mediterranean cultures. The course includes a tour of the exhibitions Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit: The Society of Dilettanti and The Hope Hygieia: Restoring a Statue's History. Course fee $20. Open to 40 participants.

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Hearst and the Antique: A Larger Context for the Hope Hygieia
The re-restoration of the Hope Hygieia at the Getty Villa offers an opportunity to explore the statue's modern history, from the time it was excavated in 1797 to the present. Mary Levkoff, curator of European painting and sculpture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, addresses issues of taste and collecting, with a focus on William Randolph Hearst, the subject of her upcoming exhibition at LACMA. Free; a ticket is required.

Saturday, July 19, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Snake and arm of the Hope Hygieia

Gallery Talks

Getty Museum staff lead 45-minute tours through the exhibition. Free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa. Space is limited. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Store 15 minutes before the talk.

Laure Marest-Caffey, curatorial intern, Department of Antiquities
Friday, May 23, 2008, 3:00 p.m.

Erik Risser, assistant conservator, Department of Antiquities
Friday, June 6, 2008, 3:00 p.m.

Jens Daehner, assistant curator, Department of Antiquities
Fridays, July 18, August 15, and August 29, 3:00 p.m.

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