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How to Become a Medieval Visionary

Lisa Bitel, professor of history and religion at the University of Southern California, investigates the ways that medieval believers revised and shared models for religious visions and visionaries. She delves into stories of mystics and saints, medieval ideas about human eyesight, and images of the holy and supernatural, in order to look at—and see like—medieval visionaries.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Why Do We Need Saints?

For centuries, Christians have looked to saints as God's intermediaries, praying to them for protection, comfort, inspiration, and miracles. This panel, presented with Zócalo Public Square, explores how the cult of saints came to be, how popular and regional movements have created saints, and what saints have offered to those who love them.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Curator's Gallery Talks

Elizabeth Morrison, senior curator of manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Tuesday, September 10 and November 19, 2013; 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 14 and February 11, 2014; 2:30 p.m.

Family Activity

Family Festival

Make the pilgrimage to Canterbury at this daylong immersive festival and be transported back to the medieval world. Experience the music and dance of Chaucer's time with L.A.-based Capella Cordina, Brigid's Daughters, and Ciaramella. Discover the richness of the Canterbury Tales through acclaimed performers We Tell Stories and David Prather, and create your own 21st-century version of a stained-glass window at one of the hands-on workshops

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Museum Courtyard

Free GettyGuide® Multimedia Player

Listen as curators discuss the significance, beauty, and horror in illustrations of Christian saints.
Pick up a multimedia player free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall.