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Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance, Peter Weller talks art history, family festival, more
December 2012
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Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350
Through February 10, 2013 | The Getty Center

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"The show, together with its first-rate catalog, is among the most important in an American museum this year."
Los Angeles Times

Explore the origins of the Italian Renaissance in a new exhibition that features breathtaking devotional paintings, precious manuscripts, and luminous stained glass created in the rich artistic community of Florence in the early 1300s.

Years in the making, this major exhibition assembles an unprecedented seven paintings by Giotto di Bondone and 24 surviving leaves from the magnificent manuscript known as the Laudario of Sant'Agnese, among other treasures.

The exhibition website includes audio commentary from curators and conservators, along with interactive features that explore objects' history and meaning in depth.

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See the related exhibition The Art of Devotion »

Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance - on view now
Peruzzi Altarpiece (detail), about 1309–15, Giotto di Bondone. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, GL.60.17.7
Banner image: The Ascension of Christ (detail) from the Laudario of Sant'Agnese, about 1340, Pacino di Bonaguida
Disegno: Drawing in Europe, 1520–1600
Through February 3, 2013 | The Getty Center

After discovering the dawn of the Renaissance through paintings and manuscripts, explore its late hours through Old Master drawings from Italy, France, and the Netherlands. Complementing Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance, this exhibition reveals how a new style, characterized by contorted, elongated forms and dramatically animated compositions, sprang up in Florence and spread north across Europe.

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Drawings from the late Renaissance - on view now
Nude Warrior Leaning on a Volute (detail), about 1589–1602, Toussaint Dubreuil
Gordon Getty Concert: Lionheart
Saturday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Performances and Films

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Experience the soaring artistry of Lionheart, one of America's leading ensembles in vocal chamber music. Enjoy a thrilling program of songs from the pages of the Laudario of Sant'Agnese, a beautifully illuminated hymn book created around 1340 and featured in the exhibition Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

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Lionheart sings Renaissance Florence - December 1
Lionheart brings the musical notes on the pages of the Laudario of Sant'Agnese to life. Pentecost (detail), about 1340, Master of the Dominican Effigies
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Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance: A Conversation with Peter Weller
Thursday, November 29, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Lectures and Conversations

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Actor, director, and art historian Peter Weller—best known for his roles in the movie Robocop and the television shows 24 and Dexter—draws on his unique experiences studying art history, lecturing, and living in Florence to explore the dynamic artistic, political, economic, and religious climate of early Renaissance Florence in a conversation with Christine Sciacca, curator of the exhibition Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance. Free; reservations required. (Note: This lecture was previously scheduled for December 6.)

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Peter Weller, actor and art historian - November 29
Peter Weller at work in Padua, Italy
Global, Regional, and Local Efforts in Conserving Modern Architecture
Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Join the conversation about preserving modern architecture as Susan Macdonald, head of field projects at the Getty Conservation Institute, leads a panel discussion focusing on architectural conservation on the world stage. How far have we come, and what still needs to be done to secure the future of great modern buildings? Free; reservations recommended.

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Conserving modern architecture - December 4
Planalto Palace, Brazil, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, 1958–60
Unfolding the Past: Altarpieces at the J. Paul Getty Museum
Thursday, December 13, 7:00 p.m | The Getty Center

Discover the beauty and artistry of altarpieces made in Renaissance Italy and the Netherlands, including Maerten van Heemskerck's compelling Ecce Homo, which is on view at the Getty Center through January 13. Conservator Yvonne Szafran and curator Anne Woollett reveal exciting art historical and technical discoveries made through their collaborative conservation and curatorial practice. Free; reservations recommended.

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Altarpieces of the Renaissance - December 13
The Ecce Homo altarpiece, 1544, Maerten van Heemskerck. Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie
F O R  F A M I L I E S
Family Festival Celebrating The Last Days of Pompeii
Sunday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. |The Getty Villa

Family Activities

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Grab the kids and this daylong festival of explosive, volcanic fun! Discover the story of ancient Pompeii through crafting, performances, and other family-friendly adventures. Pose for a family portrait in front of an erupting Mount Vesuvius, appear in an art-inspired theatrical spectacle, or create a flow of volcanic lava to wear on your head! Free; a timed ticket is required.

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Family festival celebrates the Last Days of Pompeii - December 2
Enjoy hands-on art-making workshops, performances, and more, all free!
Highlights at a Glance—December 2012

The Getty Center and Getty Villa are closed on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22) and Christmas (Tuesday, December 25). Happy holidays!

At the Getty Center this month

C O N T I N U I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350 (through Feb. 10)
Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico (through Feb. 17)
The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design (through Feb. 24)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Talk: Peter Weller (Nov. 29)
Course: Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance (Dec. 1)
Concert: Lionheart (Dec. 1)
Demonstration: Panel Painting (Dec. 2, 16, & 30)
Talk: Modern Architecture (Dec. 4)
Talk: Altarpieces (Dec. 13)

At the Getty Villa this month

C O N T I N U I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection (through Jan. 7)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Family Festival Celebrating The Last Days of Pompeii
(Dec. 2)
Course: Lion Attacking a Horse (Dec. 8)

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