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Golden object with instructions

Tablet with Instructions for the Deceased in the Underworld, 350-300 BC, Greek. Gold. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Lenore Barozzi


  Mixing Vessel with Hades and Persephone Watching a Fury Bind Theseus and Perithoos Mixing Vessel with Hades and Persephone Watching a Fury Bind Theseus and Perithoös, 365-350 BC, South Italian, made in Apulia. Terracotta. Red-figure volute krater attributed to the Suckling-Salting Group. Museo Archeologico Nazionale "G. Jatta," Ruvo, 1094

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife Exhibition

October 31, 2018-March 18, 2019 | The Getty Villa
What did ancient Greeks believe would happen to them after they died? Organized around a monumental funerary vessel, on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at the Getty Villa, this exhibition explores depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. Beyond tales of famous wrongdoers and rulers of the dead, the works on view highlight the desire for a blessed existence after death and the ways in which individuals sought to achieve a happier afterlife.

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Save the date for a special treat on Halloween (10/31) at 9:30 am PST, as we preview Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife in a live video from the galleries with antiquities curator David Saunders.

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  Bust of Cicero Portrait of Cicero, 1st century A.D., Roman. Marble. Capitoline Museums, Rome. Image: Adam Eastland Art + Architecture / Alamy Stock Photo

Cicero on Friendship: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Sunday, October 21, 3:00 p.m | The Getty Villa
Over 2,000 years ago, the Roman politician and philosopher Cicero wrote a short guide to nurturing, finding, and appreciating friends that remains relevant today. For as Cicero said, life without friends is not worth living. Join classics professor Philip Freeman as he presents key ideas from his recent translation of Cicero's timeless work, De Amicitia.

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  Excavation site located outside the walls of ancient Jerusalem. Image courtesy of Yuval Gadot. Excavation site located outside the walls of ancient Jerusalem. Image courtesy of Yuval Gadot.

New News from Old Jerusalem: Resetting the Historical Clock

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 3 pm | The Getty Villa
Jerusalem is one of the most excavated sites in the world, yet a reliable chronology has been missing in the search to link and contrast archaeological remains with the dramatic historical and Biblical record. Archaeologist Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, Israel presents the first results of a new project designed to create an "absolute" chronology and establish a solid timeline for the City of David. A new focus on radiocarbon dating will impact the identification of famous remains such as "David's palace" and, more broadly, the study of Near Eastern archaeology and Biblical text.

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  Artist Wayne Perry working on clay ceramics

Sculpting and Shaping Clay

Saturdays, October 20 and 27, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Join the fun with your family in this hands-on clay workshop and learn how ancient artisans have been combining earth and water to create beautiful ceramics. Get your hands on the potter's wheel, mold a Medusa, and shape a handle to decorate a communal vessel. The experience will be guided by LA-based ceramic artist Wayne Perry as he reveals what his artistic practice has in common with the ancient Greeks'. This public program complements the upcoming exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife.

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  Creative ensemble four larks at the Getty Villa. Creative ensemble four larks at the Getty Villa. Photo: Michael Amico

Premiere Presentation: katabasis

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, November 8-10 and 15-17, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Katabasis is the new site-specific outdoor performance, created as a companion piece to the exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife, that recreates the realm of the dead and follows the trail of the heroes who transgress its borders. Attendees will walk around the Getty Villa to follow the immersive experience, which is part concert, part ritual theater. Four larks' distinctive future-folk score and otherworldly design seduces the audience into the depths of the mythic imagination. Tickets are $25 and limited number available.

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  Detail of a cup currently on view in the new installation at the Getty Villa. Ancient Prep Drawings: Detail of a cup on view at the Getty Villa. The cup depicts a woman playing the drinking game kottabos. Attic Red-Figure Kylix, about 490 B.C., attributed to Onesimos. Terracotta. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Uncovering Ancient Preparatory Drawings on Greek Ceramics

The complex and finely painted images on ancient Greek ceramics might appear effortlessly made, but even the accomplished artisans of the Kerameikos (the Athenian potters' quarter) didn't just wing it. Underneath those confident brush strokes are barely visible lines, traces of the preparatory drawings made by artisans as they sketched out the images they planned to paint on. On our blog, the Iris, learn how Athenian vase-painters and potters skillfully crafted their vases.

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  Mummy Portrait of a Woman Mummy Portrait of a Woman (detail), A.D. 100-110, attributed to the Isidora Master. Encaustic on wood; gilt; linen. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Science of Examining 2,000 Year-Old Mummy Portraits

Using a database built at the Getty, conservators, scientists, and scholars around the world are assembling new information on 2,000-year-old funerary paintings. The current issue of the Getty magazine looks at how the Ancient Panel Paintings: Examination, Analysis, and Research (APPEAR) project unlocks the secrets of ancient Egyptian funerary portraits through modern technology.

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