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June 7–August 28, 2005 at the Getty Center

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Artist-at-Work Demonstrations
Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates painting materials and techniques used by seventeenth-century Dutch artists, including Rembrandt's circle.

Thursdays and Sundays, 1:00–3:00 p.m., through the run of the exhibition.
Exhibitions Pavilion

Curators' Gallery Talks
Anne Woollett, assistant curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Tuesdays, June 14, July 12, and August 9, 1:30 p.m.
Exhibitions Pavilion

Exhibition Tours
One-hour exhibition overviews led by gallery teachers and curators. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Tuesdays–Sundays, 1:30 p.m., beginning June 14.
Exhibitions Pavilion

Family Festival
Experience the Holland of Rembrandt's time—a country then a global leader in trade and invigorated by a variety of foreign cultures—in a day-long family festival. Enjoy the arts from Holland's far-flung past, including gamelan music of the Spice Islands (present-day Indonesia and Malaysia), Spanish flamenco, traditional Chinese music, and Sephardic chants. Hear tales of tulips and travel and create a portrait in one of the hands-on workshops. Produced by Community Arts Resources.

Saturday, August 6, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard

Film Series
Celluloid Hagiography: Looking at Rembrandt on Film

This film series, curated by Thomas Y. Levin, associate professor of German, Princeton University; media theorist and curator; and 2004–2005 Getty Scholar, is co-sponsored by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum. All screenings held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium.

Die Tragödie eines Großen (The Tragedy of Holland's Great Master) (Arthur Günsburg, 1920, Germany, 103 min.)
Silent with Dutch intertitles and live musical accompaniment. Introduction and live English translation by Thomas Y. Levin.

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

Rembrandt fecit 1669 (Jos Stelling, 1977, Netherlands, 114 min.)
Dutch with English subtitles. Introduction by Thomas Y. Levin.

Friday, July 8, 12:00 p.m.

Lecture and Short Film Program
Rembrandt in de schuilkelder (Rembrandt in the Bunker) (Gerard Rutten, 1941–1946, Netherlands, 25 min.)
Dutch, with live English translation by Thomas Y. Levin.

The Passover of Rembrandt van Rijn (Martin Hoade, 1948, NBC television program in the "Eternal Light" series, 30 min.)

Rembrandt, schilder van de mens (Rembrandt, Painter of Man) (Bert Haanstra, 1957, Netherlands, 20 min.)
Dutch with English subtitles.

Friday, July 8, 7:00 p.m.

Gallery Course
Rembrandt fecit
In this two-part gallery/lecture course, Anne Woollett, assistant curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, examines Rembrandt's career, with an emphasis on his distinctive approach to portraiture and religious subjects, from his rise to fame and fortune in Amsterdam, through personal trials and the mature expression of humanity and faith in the late works. Particular emphasis will be given to the compelling questions raised by the exhibition about representation and faith, invention and the nature of series. Each session includes a lecture and gallery discussions of paintings in the Getty's collection and the exhibition.

Thursdays, June 16 and 23, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Exhibitions Pavilion
Course fee $20; limited to 30 participants.

Studio Course
Rembrandt's Drawing Materials and Techniques
Join instructors Peter Zokosky and Jaime Ursic for this two-part studio course and gallery tour to learn techniques for combining pen and bistre wash to render still lifes and the human figure. Instruction will include shaping natural chalk, making iron-gall ink and bistre as well as shaping quill and reed pens.

Tuesdays, June 21 and 28; repeats Sundays, July 10 and 17, and Tuesdays, August 9 and 16. 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Museum studios
Course fee $60; $45 students. Limited to 25 participants.

Reservations for July and August courses available beginning June 23 at 9:00 a.m.

Hendrickje Stoffels / Rembrandt

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

Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits
Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and organizer of the exhibition, discusses the remarkable saints and other figures by Rembrandt ca. 1660. Did Rembrandt create these works as a series? How do they reflect his understanding of both humanity and spiritual struggles? New insights and conclusions about Rembrandt's late work afforded by this unprecedented event will be presented.

Thursday, June 9, 7:00 p.m.

Rembrandt's Art as Gift
Michael Zell, associate professor of art history at Boston University, discusses Rembrandt and his patrons, particularly the personal and artistic bonds created by the artist's gifts, and considers how they shed light on his late career.

Thursday, August 4, 7:00 p.m.

Painting Saints
Los Angeles-based artist John Nava discusses Rembrandt's use of common people as models for the paintings in the exhibition. In a similar vein, Nava used residents of Los Angeles to depict saints for his tapestry series in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Thursday August 11, 7:00 p.m.

Point-of-View Talks

Best-selling author Roger Housden discusses his new book, How Rembrandt Reveals Your Beautiful Imperfect Self, and explores how Rembrandt's life and work can serve as a mirror for our own lives.

Friday, June 10
Talks at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.; book signings at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m. the day of the talks.
Exhibitions Pavilion

Patty Wickman, a painter who investigates non-linear narrative in a realist framework and whose work seeks to establish a relationship and dialogue between biblical literature and contemporary culture, discusses the exhibition.

Friday, August 5
4:30 and 6:00 p.m. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 3:00 p.m. the day of the talks.
Exhibition Pavilion

Upcoming Paintings Exhibition
Titian and the Commander: A Renaissance Artist and his Patron
October 4, 2005–February 5, 2006
This focus exhibition features the Getty Museum's recently acquired painting by Titian (Italian, about 1480/90–1576), Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos, Marchese del Vasto, in Armor with a Page. Titian dominated Venetian painting during the years of its greatest achievement and, along with Raphael, set the standard for European court portraiture. The Getty's Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos, painted in 1533, is one of Titian's most influential portraits. The exhibition presents a close look at this exceptional work and will include Titian's Penitent Magdalene, also from the Getty's collection, as well as an historical portrait by Titian of the same sitter, The Allocution of Alfonso d'Avalos, on loan for the first time in the United States from the Museo del Prado in Madrid. In addition, the exhibition will include several contemporary illustrated books drawn from the Getty Research Institute's vast collections.