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The Visitation (detail) in a Book of Hours, about 1415–20. Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 22, fol. 48
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Saint Mark (detail), about 1120–40. Tempera colors, gold, and silver on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig II 3, fol. 51v
Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book
July 7–September 27, 2015 | The Getty Center
Illuminated manuscripts preserve some of the finest examples of medieval art. Seen in libraries and museums behind glass, these books have been largely removed from the realm of touch, making it easy to forget that their lavish pages were once turned, stroked, stitched, and sometimes even sliced by generations before us. Explore manuscripts as tangible, tactile objects that invited touch and were handled by medieval audiences in this exhibition.
Mercury, 175–225. Silver. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris
Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
Through August 17, 2015
| The Getty Villa
The spectacular hoard of ancient silver known as the Berthouville Treasure was accidentally discovered by a French farmer in 1830. Containing some of the finest Roman silver to survive antiquity, this exhibition presents the opulent cache, which underwent four years of conservation and study at the Getty Villa, in its entirety for the first time outside Paris, along with other Roman luxury objects.
This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. Generous support was provided by the Getty Museum's Villa Council.
Discover the experimental techniques used by seven contemporary photographers—Matthew Brandt, Marco Breuer, John Chiara, Chris McCaw, Lisa Oppenheim, Alison Rossiter, and James Welling—in this exhibition. Focusing their investigations on the light sensitivity and chemical processing of photographic papers, these innovative artists challenge viewers to see photography in a new light.
Mademoiselle d'Armagnac in a Dressing Gown, 1695, Antoine Trouvain. Etching and engraving with wool fabric. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la Photographie
A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715
Through September 6, 2015 | The Getty Center
Under the reign of Louis XIV, Paris became the most important print producer in Europe, a position it maintained until the end of the 19th century. From grand royal portraits to satiric views of everyday life, small-scale fashion prints decorated with actual fabrics to monumental panoramas of Versailles and the Louvre, this exhibition explores the rich variety of prints that came to define French power, prestige, and luxury in the era of Louis XIV.
Curators lead gallery tours Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. through September 3, 2015.
Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action
Through September 13, 2015 | The Getty Center
This exhibition presents nearly 50 drawings and four paintings, many on loan from some of the world's leading museums, including the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Louvre in Paris, and the National Gallery and British Museum in London. These works capture the fundamentals of Renaissance invention and highlight the vital role played by drawing in del Sarto's paintings.
The exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Frick Collection, New York.
Animals have been a favorite photographic subject since the inception of the medium. In this exhibition, discover how animals have been depicted over time through the works of artists such as Graciela Iturbide, Horatio Ross, Taryn Simon, Alfred Stieglitz, and William Wegman, among others.
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Saturday, July 11, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Following the dissolution of his previous band, Port O'Brien, in 2011, San Francisco–based, Norwegian songwriter Van Pierszalowski journeyed to Oslo to kick-start and develop the sound of the new power-pop project Waters. Now a fully formed band, Waters features songs that playfully fluctuate from quiet, emotional lyrical moments to bouncing pop beats and powerful bursts of drums. Free, no ticket required.
Friday, July 24, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Friday Flights brings together a network of Los Angeles–based musicians, visual artists, and creative thinkers for a vibrant evening of sounds and sights. Ducktails is a solo music project by Matt Mondanile, guitarist for indie-rock headliners Real Estate, that serves as a platform for collaborating with a dynamic network of artists, in addition to releasing solid pop gems. Mondanile also supports a range of experimental musicians and visual artists through his boutique label New Images. Free, no ticket required.
Bacchus Uncorked: Art, Wine, and Culture at the Getty Villa
This new, occasional series focuses on the grape in the ancient world. Hear insightful talks about wine cultivation and drinking practices, enjoy a sommelier-led wine tasting, and explore the galleries where many Greek and Roman wine vessels are on display.
Travels with Bacchus: How an Enigmatic Wine-God Came to France
Saturday, July 11, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Classicist and culinary historian Albert Leonard, Jr. sheds light on the early history of wine through ancient literature and modern archaeological evidence, and tracks the wine-god Bacchus on his epic journey throughout the Mediterranean world. Following his talk, enjoy an outdoor reception and wine tasting led by certified sommelier Mark Botieff. Tickets $60. Complimentary parking. Advance ticket required.
Vinum, Vidi, Vici: Wine, Culture, and Colonialism in Ancient Gaul
Saturday, July 18, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Anthropologist Michael Dietler takes a look at the role wine and viniculture played in transforming the cultural, social, and commercial landscape that would become modern France. After the talk, enjoy the summer evening with a reception and wine tasting led by certified sommelier Mark Botieff. Tickets $60. Complimentary parking. Advance ticket required.
Study of a Kneeling Figure with a Sketch of a Face, 1522–26, Andrea del Sarto. Red and black chalk. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Andrea del Sarto: Secrets of Renaissance Creativity
Sunday, July 19, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Investigating the creative processes of the Italian Renaissance masters involves detective work that yields as many questions as it does answers. By examining evidence gathered from the works of the Florentine master Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530), Julian Brooks, curator of drawings at the Getty, charts the mysteries of their production, noting those which can be solved today and those which may remain forever unknown. Free, advance ticket required.
Sunday, July 12, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Designer and artist Deborah Wright leads an introduction to the art of fashioning metal into jewelry. Explore fabrication, tools, and contemporary techniques in the light of methods employed by artisans of antiquity. Tour the galleries, then return to the studio for demonstrations and hands-on practice. Each student completes a chain linked bracelet with semi-precious cut gems. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking. Advance ticket required.
Head of an Infant in Profile to the Right, about 1527, Andrea del Sarto. Red chalk. Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence. Su concessione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo
Drawing Workshop: Andrea del Sarto and the Florentine Portrait
Sunday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Discover the work of master draftsman Andrea del Sarto while learning to draw the human head with artist Richard Houston. Working from both the live model and objects in the exhibition Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action, participants investigate proportions, form, value, and expression as well as del Sarto's underlying methods and creative process. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking. Advance ticket required.
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Once considered the golden age of French printmaking, Louis XIV's reign saw Paris become a powerhouse of print production. During this time, the king aimed to make fine and decorative arts into signs of French taste and skill and, by extension, into markers of his imperialist glory. This bust of the Sun King is crafted of fine bisque porcelain. A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715 accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Getty Research Institute through September 6, 2015.