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Gallery view (L to R): Protective Spirits, Assyrian, 645–640 B.C., gypsum. British Museum, London, 1856,0909.25, 1856. Protective Spirits, Assyrian, 645–640 B.C., gypsum. British Museum, London, 1856,0909.27, 1856


  Portrait of a Philosopher, Roman, about A.D. 400. White marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Meaning of Beards from Antiquity to Today

Historian Christopher Oldstone-Moore presents the fascinating history of facial hair from the Assyrians onward, revealing how beards reflect male roles in society, express power and ideals of manliness, and serve to identify individuals and types of people. On both days, Oldstone-Moore's talk is preceded by Style and Status: Power Beards of the Ancient World, a demonstration of ancient beard styles and a DIY scent-making workshop.

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Saturday October 26, 3:00 p.m.»

Sunday October 27, 3:00 p.m.»

Drop-in demonstration and workshop
Saturday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.»

Sunday, October 27, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.»


  Three carbonized scrolls, second century BC-first century A.D., Greco-Roman. Papyrus, wood, and volcanic material. Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III Napoli. Image: Su concessione del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali. All rights reserved. All other use prohibited.

Live Broadcast of Reading the Herculaneum Papyri

Saturday, October 19, 4 pm
If you couldn't get tickets to the sold-out talk Reading the Herculaneum Papryi Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow you can livestream it on on the Getty Museum's YouTube channel this Saturday, October 19 at 4 p.m. PST. Hear scholars discuss early and current attempts to open hundreds of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, and how advances in technology might allow them to be virtually unwrapped and read.

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  Excavation boxes with papyri from Elephantine Island. Photograph: Sandra Steiss © Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, The Berlin State Museums, SPK

Virtual Reading of Ancient Egyptian Papyri from Elephantine Island

Saturday, December 7, 3:00 p.m.
Archaeological and philological evidence from Elephantine Island, on the Nile River near Egypt's southern border, traces 4,000 years of cultural history from the Old Kingdom of the Pharaohs through the Arab conquest. Thousands of papyri written in various languages and scripts offer valuable insights into everyday life in this unique multicultural community. Egyptologist Verena Lepper shares her research on these precious documents and her larger project to make them digitally available through virtual unfolding techniques.

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  Medusa on her Throne, 2016, Reza Sedghi, digital rendering

Medusa: The Musical

Saturday, November 16, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m.
The epic showdown between Perseus and Medusa comes to life as a musical fantasy told in Deaf West Theatre's signature style of singing and signing. The young, reluctant—and deaf—hero Perseus embarks on a perilous quest to slay the snake-haired Medusa. But this particular diva is more than meets the eye—if you dare read her lips. Tickets $7.

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  Mexican antiquities offered in the international art market, ca. 1940. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Gift of The Pierre Matisse Foundation, 1997

Good Pieces in Sight: The US Market in Mesoamerican Antiquities circa 1940

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
In this talk, art historian Megan E. O'Neil examines the changing US market in antiquities from Mexico and Central America in the 1930s and 1940s.

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  Drawing of Mexican antiquities (detail, color modified), Maximilian Franck, 1829. Trustees of the British Museum, Am2006, Drg.128

Symposium: Collecting Mexican Art before 1940: A New World of American Antiquities

Friday, November 15, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The year 1940—when the Museum of Modern Art hosted the groundbreaking exhibition Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art—marks the turning point when sales of pre-Hispanic art began to boom on the international art market. This international symposium presents efforts of curators and scholars to study these collections comprehensively and to investigate the broader role of pre-Hispanic art in the history of the art market and in the formation of international collections and institutions.

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Drawing from Antiquity

Take part in the centuries-old tradition of sketching from ancient works by drawing from the Museum's collection and sights at the Getty Villa. Free; supplies provided.

Saturday, November 2, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Mummy Portraits
Saturday, December 14, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


  Installation view of Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq. All artworks: collection of the British Museum, London

Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq

October 2, 2019–September 5, 2022
Assyrian kings in the ninth to seventh centuries B.C. decorated their palaces with masterful relief sculptures that represent a high point of Mesopotamian art, depicting warfare, rituals, mythology, hunting, and other aspects of Assyrian court life. The importance of these ancient treasures has only increased with the recent destruction, by ISIS, of many of the reliefs that remained in Iraq.

Curator's Tour: Thursday, December 19, 2:00 p.m.

Read a brief introduction to the Art of Ancient Assyrian Kings »

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  Gallery view: in the foreground, Woman Wearing a Peplos (Demeter/Hera), Roman, first century AD. Courtesy Parco Archeologico di Ercolano

Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri

Closing October 28
It's the final days of this exhibition, which presents many of the most spectacular finds from the ruins of the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, including colorful marble and mosaic floors, frescoed walls, a large collection of bronze and marble statuary, and a unique library of more than a thousand carbonized papyrus scrolls.

Save the date for a special curatorial tour next Thursday, October 24, at 9:15 am PST, as we explore the exhibition in a live broadcast from the galleries with antiquities curator Kenneth Lapatin.

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The catalogue has been hailed by The Burlington Magazine as: A major intellectual contribution in its own right.

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