Museum Home Past Exhibitions From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice

July 20–October 10, 2010 at the Getty Center


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A Revolution on Paper: Why Italian Artists Drew
Hugo Chapman, curator of Italian drawings at the British Museum, explores how drawing radically transformed the thinking and working practice of Renaissance artists such as Mantegna, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Titian. He argues that without paper the creative innovations of Renaissance art would not have come about.

Sunday, August 8, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Studio Courses

Sketching Gallery: Artist in Residence
Join artist-in-residence Peter Zokosky in the Sketching Gallery to explore the classical figure from a contemporary perspective by trying your hand at portrait drawing. Free; no reservations required.

Thursdays, July 1–August 26, 2010, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Sketching Gallery

From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice
Join artist Richard Houston for this daylong drawing workshop comparing the practice of Florentine artists, who favored a classical approach to drawing, and the Venetian artists, who adopted a more painterly approach. Working from a life model, participants explore gesture, treatment of form, and approaches to light through a series exercises and discussions. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Open to 25 participants.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, September 22
Getty Center, Museum Studios
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Nude Man Carrying a Rudder on His Shoulder / Titian


Curator's Gallery Talks
Julian Brooks, associate curator of drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursdays, August 19 and September 23, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Drawing came of age during Italy's Renaissance. This audio places you then and there—in two artistic centers, Venice and Florence, where distinctly different approaches flourished. You'll hear from a contemporary artist and the show's curator. Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall for $5.