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View of Archaeological Park of Herculaneum with Mt. Vesuvius in the background. Photo: Araldo de Luca


  Fresco with an Architectural Landscape (detail), Roman, about 40 BC. Plaster and pigment, 65 x 84 cm. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Photo: Giorgio Albano

Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri

June 26–October 27 | The Getty Villa
In less than one week, our new exhibition opens to the public at the Getty Villa. Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri opens on June 26th, and will provide a rich opportunity to learn more about the inspiration for our museum, its architecture and its gardens.

Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, the ancient Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum was rediscovered and explored by subterranean tunnels in the 1750s and '60s, and then partially re-excavated in the 1990s and early 2000s. Our exhibition will present recent discoveries alongside some of the most famous finds.

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  Francesco Sirano. Photo: Araldo de Luca

The Future of the Past at Herculaneum - Francesco Sirano, director of the Archaeological Park of Herculaneum

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:30 pm | The Getty Villa
Francesco Sirano discusses the past, present, and future of the site buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. Excavated since 1738, a decade before nearby Pompeii, Herculaneum presents challenges and opportunities different from its more famous neighbor. Sirano addresses exciting new finds, conservation issues, and recent efforts to boost public awareness and engagement.

This lecture will be introduced by the Mayor of Herculaneum Ciro Buonajuto and complements the exhibition Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri, which will be open before and after the lecture. A reception follows.

Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles

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Bacchus Uncorked: Art, Wine, and Culture at the Getty Villa

Saturdays, July 13, July 27, and August 3, 5:30–8:30 | The Getty Villa
This summer's Bacchus Uncorked programs are inspired by the Villa dei Papiri, the model for the Getty Villa and the subject of the exhibition Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri. In this series of three events, enjoy presentations on Roman culture and wine, then indulge yourself on a summer evening by tasting Italian wines and taking in the Villa's beautiful architecture and gardens. Tickets $75, includes wine and appetizers. Complimentary parking. 21 and over.

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July 13: Drinking and Thinking »

July 27: Wine and the Senses »

August 3: Villas and Vineyards »



The Heal

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 5–September 28, 2019 | The Getty Villa
The Getty Villa presents a bold new version of Sophocles's timeless tale of hurting—and healing. The wounded Philoctetes (Phil) has suffered alone on a desert island for years, stranded there by Odysseus. But now Odysseus needs Phil's magic weapons to win the Trojan War and enlists Achilles's daughter Nia to help make peace. Director/adaptor Aaron Posner creates an irreverent, spiritual, musical exploration about the wounds we carry, the ones we cause, and the redeeming power of human connection. With music by Cliff Eberhardt and co-produced by Maryland's Round House Theatre.

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Tickets go on sale Monday, July 1 at 9:00 a.m.


  Intaglio with Bust of Demosthenes, signed by Dioskourides, Roman, about 25 BC. Amethyst in modern gold mount. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Image © 2019 Christie's Image Ltd.

Collection of Ancient Engraved Gems

The J. Paul Getty Museum recently acquired seventeen ancient engraved gems which are now part of the antiquities collection. The group includes Greek gems of the Minoan, Archaic and Classical periods, as well as Etruscan and Roman gems, some of which are set in their original gold rings.

Highlights from the acquisition include two of the greatest known ancient gems: a Roman intaglio portrait of Antinous, engraved in black jasper (130–138 A.D.), and a Roman amethyst ringstone with a portrait of the Greek orator Demosthenes, signed by the artist Dioskourides, the court gem engraver to emperor Augustus (late 1st century B.C).

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  Funerary relief of Hadirat Katthina, daughter of Sha'ad, from Palmyran, AD 200–220, unknown maker. Limestone and pigment, 20 x 18 x 8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2019.12. Photo courtesy Robert Simon Fine Art.

Funerary relief of Hadirat Katthina

Hadirat Katthina has come to the Getty Villa. The J. Paul Getty Museum recently acquired the portrait of a woman who lived—and died—in the fabled ancient Syrian caravan city of Palmyra around the years 200 to 220. She is named by an inscription above her left shoulder in the local dialect of Aramaic that also identifies her as the daughter of Sha'ad and ends with the poignant exclamation "Alas."

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Exhibition Catalogue Buried by Vesuvius: The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum

Published to accompany the Getty Villa's exhibition, Buried by Vesuvius: The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum is the first truly comprehensive look at all aspects of the site, from its original Roman context to the most recent archaeological investigations. Presenting the latest research, including recent attempts to unlock the Herculaneum scrolls, the essays in this richly illustrated volume reveal the fascinating story of the Villa dei Papiri's ancient inhabitants and modern explorers.

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Antiquities in Motion: From Excavation Sites to Renaissance Collections

Barbara Furlotti's Antiquities in Motion: From Excavated Sites to Renaissance Collections is an exciting approach to understanding the trade of antiquities in early modern Rome. Relying on the innovative notion of archaeological finds as mobile items, she traces the journey of objects from discovery to display, examining the changes in economic value, meaning, and appearance that they underwent along the way.

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The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Public and scholarly programs at the Villa include lectures, seminars, workshops, and symposia, and complement the interdisciplinary activities of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The permanent collections of the Museum and the Research Institute, changing exhibitions, the annual scholar research theme, conservation issues, theater productions, and research projects inspire programs for scholars, students, specialized professionals, and general audiences.

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