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Programs for Students and Scholars of Classical Cultures

The Berthouville Treasure. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris

Opening this month

  Mercury statuette Mercury Statuette, Roman, 2nd century. Silver and gold. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris

Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

November 19, 2014–August 17, 2015 | The Getty Villa
The spectacular hoard of ancient gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was discovered in 1830. Following four years of meticulous conservation and research at the Getty Villa, this exhibition allows viewers to appreciate their full splendor and offers new insights about ancient art, technology, religion, and cultural interaction. The opulent cache is presented together with precious gems, jewelry, and other Roman luxury objects from the royal collections of the Cabinet des médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. Generous support was provided by the Getty Museum's Villa Council.

  Funerary vessel Funerary Vessel with Orestes Seeking Sanctuary at Delphi; Nike Sacrificing a Ram; and a Horse Race, about 350 B.C., associated with the Iliupersis Painter. Terracotta. Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

November 19, 2014–May11, 2015 | The Getty Villa
This exhibition presents 13 elaborately decorated Apulian vases and examines the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife. Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels also offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be restored.

This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Generous support was provided by the Getty Museum's Villa Council.

Also on view

Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity


  Associate conservator Marie Svoboda completing the conservation of an Apulian krater.

Graves, Archives, and Glue: Stories behind the Funerary Vases of "Dangerous Perfection"

Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
Ursula Kaestner, curator at the Antikensammlung in Berlin, Germany joins curator David Saunders and conservator Marie Svoboda of the J. Paul Getty Museum to share their experiences investigating and conserving the monumental vessels on view in Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. They reveal the detective work behind determining where the vases were buried, the forensic techniques that helped uncover how they were previously reassembled, and the complex challenges involved in their cleaning, reconstruction, and display. Free; a ticket is required.

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  All Our Tragic John Taflan and Erin Barlow in The Hypocrites' world premiere of All Our Tragic, adapted and directed by Sean Graney. Photo: Evan Hanover

Villa Theater Lab: All Our Tragic

Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, 11:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
All Our Tragic, by Chicago's award-winning company The Hypocrites, is a unique 12-hour theatrical adaptation that combines the 32 surviving Greek tragedies into a single epic narrative. Performed over two six-hour installments, the performances creates a modern festival of Dionysus. Adapted and directed by Sean Graney. Tickets $25 per day; $45 for both days.

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For College Students and Faculty


College Night at the Getty Villa

Tuesday, November 11, 6:00–9:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Attention SoCal college students! Enjoy this exclusive evening of art, tours, music, food, and fun at the Getty Villa. Explore the galleries of ancient art from Greece, Rome, and Etruria, and pay tribute to the Roman tradition by coming dressed in your best toga.

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Studio Course

Drawing from Antiquity: Take a Closer Look

Saturday, November 22, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle
Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for sketching exercises focusing on small objects and artwork details in the Villa galleries. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Free.

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