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Archangel Michael (detail), Byzantine, from Constantinople, first half of the 14th century, tempera on wood, gold leaf. Image courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, gift of a Greek of Istanbul, 1958.

Lectures and Conversations

  Virgin Mary with Child mosaic Mosaic Icon with the Virgin and Child (detail), probably made in Constantinople; from Trigleia, Bithynia, Asia Minor (present-day Turkey), late 13th century. Image courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens

Tales of Byzantium from Greece

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
Join Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, and Anastasia Drandaki, curator of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine collections at the Benaki Museum, for a closer look at the masterpieces on view in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections opening April 9 and on view through August 25, 2014. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Icon of St. George Icon of St. George in relief, Byzantine, from Arta, Greece, 13th century, tempera on wood, gold leaf. Image courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, no. 1108

Collecting and Displaying Byzantine Art in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Periods

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
In the Middle Ages, Byzantine objects served purposes that ranged from utilitarian to devotional. Renaissance collectors displayed Byzantine works to suggest their high artistic value, but the full appreciation of the artifacts in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections depends upon the Modernist revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries. Art historian Robert Nelson discusses how Byzantine collections evolved during these periods. Free; a ticket is required.

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Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece's Byzantium
Presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014
The Getty Villa and St. Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles

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Studio and Gallery Courses

  Study of Peonies (detail), Martin Schongauer, German, about 1472-1473, bodycolor and watercolor.

Botanical Still Life and Myth

Saturday, April 5, 1:00-5:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Join instructor Elmira Adamian for a still-life painting workshop inspired by classical myths in which mortals are transformed into vegetation and plants are associated with gods and goddesses.Course fee: $45; includes materials.

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Drawing from Antiquity: Making Faces

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Museum galleries
Explore the human face by sketching from portrait sculptures of Roman men, women, and children in the galleries. Free.

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  Boy making dedication Wine Cup with a Boy Dedicating the Mouth Strap of a Wind Instrument (detail), attributed to the Brygos Painter, Greek, Athens, about 480 B.C., terracotta

Reflecting the Divine: A Cross-Cultural Look at Greece and China

Saturday, April 26, 1:00-4:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa, USC Pacific Asia Museum
Compare status and religious expression across the arts of two different ancient peoples in this two-session class. First join educator Shelby Brown at the Getty Villa to explore the collection and the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, then investigate the art of Chinese ritual objects at the USC Pacific Asia Museum with curator Yeonsoo Chee. Course fee: $60 for both sessions.

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Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections
April 9 through August 25, 2014

On view at the Getty Center:
Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads
Through June 22, 2014

Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity


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