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August 2010

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From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice
Through October 10
The Getty Center
Some of the Getty Museum's most spectacular drawings—by Fra Bartolommeo, Andrea Mantegna, Jacopo Pontormo, Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, and Titian—are on view in this new exhibition. Building on Leonardo da Vinci's innovations, these artists raised the art of drawing to new heights during the Italian Renaissance. Compare the work of artists from Rome, Florence, and Venice, and see how each city took drawing to new and unique realms.

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Renaissance drawing in Florence and Venice - on view now
Portrait of a Young Woman (detail), attributed to Andrea Previtali, about 1520–25. Banner image: Christ in Glory (detail), Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael, about 1519–20

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The Art of Ancient Greek Theater
August 26, 2010–January 3, 2011
The Getty Villa
This major international loan exhibition explores the many ways Greek plays and stagecraft inspired classical artists, whose works are often the only surviving evidence of the performing arts in antiquity.

See a wide variety of objects—including sculptures, painted vases, and a rare fragmentary papyrus of Sophocles' Trackers—that bring to life the rich cultural history of Greek theater. The exhibition features vivid depictions of scenes from tragedies, comedies, and satyr plays by the great playwrights of the ancient Greek world, and explores the use of sets, costumes, masks, choreography, and music.

The exhibition coincides with the Outdoor Theater production of Sophocles' Elektra.

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The art of ancient Greek theater - on view from August 26
Detail of an actor as Papposilenos from a red-figured volute krater, Greek, made in Athens, about 400 B.C. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples

Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands
August 24, 2010–February 6, 2011
The Getty Center
Book illumination had its greatest creative flowering in the 15th and 16th centuries in the towns of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Utrecht. See highlights from the Getty's collection of medieval manuscripts from this region, including masterworks made for such influential patrons as the dukes of Burgundy and the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. See the exhibition twice; on November 9, the books' pages will be turned to reveal further illuminated riches.

Flemish manuscripts - on view from August 24
A Siren and a Centaur (detail), Franco-Flemish, about 1270

Closing This Month
In Focus: Tasteful Pictures—Savor 150 years of food photography, from Modernist to mouthwatering, through August 22.

The Old Testament in Medieval Manuscript Illumination—See book paintings of the Old Testament's most dynamic stories, through August 8.

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Performances and Films

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Saturdays Off the 405: The Antlers
Saturday, August 28, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
The Antlers make music that is at once simple and immense—dream pop with an epic storyline. The critically acclaimed trio crafts its delicately powerful melodies with lyrical surges, sweeping strings, and starry, sonic layers of postrock. Plus: dip into the galleries for Italian Renaissance drawings and documentary photography, grab a Getty-tini, and catch sets from Dublab founder DJ Frosty.

It's free, no reservations required, and parking is FREE after 5:00 p.m.

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Saturdays Off the 405 features the Antlers - August 28
The Antlers in their native habitat


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A Revolution on Paper: Why Italian Artists Drew
Sunday, August 8, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
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. Complements the exhibition From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice. Free; reservations recommended.

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Why Italian artists drew - August 8
Study of a Nude Boy (detail), Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci), 1518


Courses and Demonstrations

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Artist in Context: Jean-Léon Gérôme and 19th-Century France
Saturdays, August 14 and 21, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Saturday, August 28, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Working in a politically charged period, the controversial Gérôme looked to many sources for inspiration, including antiquity, the East, and the new medium of photography. Explore his work and its reception in depth during this three-part course featuring illustrated lectures and discussion in the galleries. Course fee $65; $45 students. Open to 40 participants.

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Explore the art of Jean-Leon Gerome - August 14, 21, and 28
Pygmalion and Galatea, Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1890. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Louis C. Raegner, 1927. Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY

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Family Programs

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Garden Concerts for Kids
Saturdays and Sundays, August 7 & 8, 14 & 15, and 21 & 22, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
The summertime tradition returns with another great lineup of kids' music! Don't miss this free concert series in the Central Garden for kids and families with Milkshake (August 7 & 8), Elizabeth Mitchell and Family (August 14 & 15), and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family (August 21 & 22)—some of the best children's musicians from across the nation.

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Enjoy music for kids in the great outdoors - starting August 7
Elizabeth Mitchell and Family perform August 14 & 15.

Family Programs

Family Art Lab: Heavenly Homes
Saturdays and Sundays in August, 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Come to the Family Room Patio to learn how French craftsmen made Chinese porcelain shimmer with gold-colored decorations, then create your own golden masterpiece that you can use at home. Free, no reservations required—just drop in!

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Make art that glitters - weekends in August
Drop in and make art at the Getty Center!

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Help Restore Italy's Cultural Heritage
The Beffi Triptych, a 15th-century altar painting from the village of Beffi, Italy, survived a severe earthquake in 2009. A portion of the sales of the book The Beffi Triptych benefits Italy's efforts to rebuild the cultural heritage of the Abruzzo region. The Beffi Triptych is on view at the Getty Center through September 5. Paperback, $10.

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August at a Glance
At the Getty Center this month

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Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands (August 24)

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
The Old Testament in Medieval Manuscript Illumination (August 8)
In Focus: Tasteful Pictures (August 22)

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Lecture: Drawing in the Renaissance (August 8)
Music: Saturdays Off the 405 (August 28)

At the Getty Villa this month

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The Art of Ancient Greek Theater (August 26)

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Course: Nature in Art (August 20)
Outdoor Theater Production: Sophocles' Elektra (premieres September 9)

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