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Bernini's portraits, the Society of Dilettanti, medieval portraiture, Saturdays Off the 405, World Festival of Sacred Music, and more

September 2008

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Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture
through October 26
The Getty Center
See dazzling portraits in marble and bronze by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and other 17th-century Italian sculptors, who transformed the portrait bust into a groundbreaking art form. With dazzling virtuosity, these artists coaxed the living presence and personality of their sitters—creating a "speaking likeness"—from the intractable medium of stone.

"One of the outstanding displays of 17th-century European sculpture in the United States in recent decades," says The New York Times.

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Banner image: Portrait of Costanza Bonarelli (detail), Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1636–38. Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence Courtesy of the Istituti museali della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino. Photo: Arrigo Coppitz

Pope Alexander VII Chigi / Bernini
Portrait of Pope Alexander VII Chigi (detail), Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1657. Private collection. Photo: Arrigo Coppitz

Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit: The Society of Dilettanti
through October 27
The Getty Villa
Revelers and wits, scholars and collectors, the gentlemen of the Society of Dilettanti promoted classical art and architecture, sponsored archaeological expeditions, and assembled celebrated antiquities collections. See how these notable (and sometimes notorious) personalities mixed the antic and the antique, transforming the study of the classical past.

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Charles Townley and His Friends / Zoffany
Charles Townley and His Friends (detail), Johann Zoffany, 1781–93. Burnley Borough Council, Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum

Faces of Power and Piety: Medieval Portraiture
through October 26
The Getty Center
In the Middle Ages, artists strove to transcend time, presenting people as they wished to be remembered through the ages. See portraits of Christ and the saints, artists and scholars, patrons and courtiers in this manuscripts exhibition that looks into the faces of the medieval world.

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Saint Blaise / Master of the Murano Gradual
Saint Blaise (detail) from a gradual, Master of the Murano Gradual, about 1450–60

Current Exhibitions

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Also on View at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

Current Exhibitions—Don't miss August Sander and Bernd & Hilla Becher at the Getty Center through September 14 and The Hope Hygieia at the Getty Villa through September 8.

Future ExhibitionsIn Focus: The Landscape, featuring landscape photographs from the beginning of photography to today, opens August 26 at the Getty Center.

T H E A T E R   A T   T H E   V I L L A

Performances and Films

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Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 4–27, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Six years in the making, this powerful new production of Aeschylus's Agamemnon, directed by Stephen Wadsworth from a resonant new translation by Robert Fagles, features riveting performances by Delroy Lindo and Tyne Daly. A returning soldier bears witness to unthinkable carnage, a city questions the wisdom of a decade-long war, and a family turns the violence of war in on itself. Tickets $38; $32 students/seniors.

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Tyne Daly and Delroy Lindo star in Agamemnon at the Getty Villa
Tyne Daly (left) and Delroy Lindo (right) star in Agamemnon at the Getty Villa.

Living with Aeschylus's Agamemnon
Saturday, September 27, 2:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
In conjunction with his open-air staging of Agamemnon, director Stephen Wadsworth talks with art historian Mary Louise Hart about the creative process behind the production and discusses the continuing relevance of this 2,500-year-old drama. Free; a ticket is required.

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Stephen Wadsworth
Stephen Wadsworth, one of today's most innovative and inventive practitioners of classical theater


Performances and Films

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Friday Nights at the Getty: Fur Dixon & Steve Werner
Friday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
Friday Nights kicks off the 2008–09 season with a musical joyride from this wise-cracking, hard-riding duo of angel-voiced cowgirl and unrepentant folksinger. Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday, August 21, at 9:00 a.m.

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Fur Dixon and Steve Werner
California folk favorites Fur Dixon & Steve Werner under the western sky

World Festival of Sacred Music: Chirgilchin, Enzo Avitabile & the Sacro Sud Project
Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Getty Center
The World Festival of Sacred Music comes to the Getty Center for two nights: Master Tuvan throat singers Chirgilchin play their vocal chords like instruments (Friday), and Enzo Avitabile & the Sacro Sud Project combine voice, saxophone, and launeddas (triplepipe) in a musical journey across time and space (Saturday). Tickets for Friday are $25, $20 students/seniors; tickets for Saturday are $20, $15 students/seniors.

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Enzo Avitabile on saxophone, Luigi Lai on launeddas
Enzo Avitabile on sax (right), Luigi Lai on launeddas (left)

L E C T U R E S   &   P A N E L S

Lectures and Conferences

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For a Lasting Landscape: Paradise "Re-found" in the Gardens of Brécy
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Tour the terraces, topiaries, and fountains of one of the most exquisite gardens in Europe, at Brécy in northern France. Eric Haskell reveals how a decade of work has restored the garden to its 17th-century glory. Free; reservations required.

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Gardens of the chateau de Brecy in France
Gardens of impeccable grandeur at the Château de Brécy

Penetrating Vision: Jean Fouquet and the Art of Portraiture
Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Acclaimed for his ability to render a perfect likeness, 15th-century French painter Jean Fouquet created portraits so powerful that they helped to define French identity for centuries. Art historian Eric Inglis examines Fouquet's art and its impact. Free; reservations required.

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Simon de Varie / Fouquet
Penetrating portrait: Simon de Varie (detail), Jean Fouquet, 1455

Against Reason: John Lautner and Postwar Architecture
Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20
The Getty Center and The Hammer Museum
This two-day symposium includes a series of panels and presentations in which scholars, architects, engineers, and architectural historians employ architect John Lautner's nonrational philosophy as a critical window onto postwar architecture in the United States and abroad. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner at the Hammer Museum. Free; reservations required.

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Chemosphere / Lautner
John Lautner's 1960 Chemosphere, Los Angeles. Photo: Joshua White

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Activities

Tips for Families

Family Room at the Getty Center

Family Forum at the Getty Villa

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Monday, September 1, and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 6, 7, and 8, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa
Don't miss ArtQuest in its final days of the season! Explore art on three different gallery experiences, then visit the art-making stations to create your own helmet or headdress and a warrior's shield. Free with your advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa.

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Experience the Olympics!—Got Olympic fever? Find out how it all began with a trip to the Getty Villa. Learn more about planning an Olympic adventure.

ArtQuest at the Getty Villa
Use your creativity to make a helmet, headdress, or warrior's shield at these fun drop-in workshops.
Event Calendar

Event Calendar

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Event Calendar

This fall is full of free events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. See them all on our event calendar.

More in September: Learn about the achievements and escapades of the Society of Dilettanti in free lectures at the Getty Villa on September 13 and 20. A three-part gallery course starting September 19 explores portraits in western art from antiquity to the Baroque, and artist-at-work demonstrations of marble carving take place at the Getty Center each Sunday through October 12.

And don't miss the final weeks to team up with the kids on your free insect adventure across L.A. Get all the creepy-crawly details at

Most events are FREE.

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