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Frescoes with Cupids and Psyche, A.D. 50-79, Roman. Fresco. The J. Paul Getty Museum


Detail showing Sisyphus from a Funerary Vessel with an Underworld Scene (body) and a Battle between Greeks and Amazons (neck), South Italian, made in Apulia, 360-340 BC, terracotta. Red-figure volute krater attributed to the Circle of the Lycurgus Painter. National Archaeological Museum of Naples, 81666

Beyond Death: Visualizing the Afterlife in the Ancient and Early Modern World

Sunday, February 17, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | The Getty Villa
Throughout history, the prospect of death has inspired diverse beliefs about what is to come. Ideas about the next world and moral judgement have provoked creative visions from artists around the globe. Learn from experts about the ways the afterlife has been imagined in a variety of cultures and religions, from depictions of eternal suffering to blissful ideals of paradise.

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Man with Camel, about A.D. 160, Palmyran. Limestone. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen IN 2833

Silk, Spices, and Silver: Palmyra and the Ancient Luxury Trade

Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 pm | The Getty Villa
The people of ancient Palmyra in Syria became wealthy through luxury trade to the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean world, and the remotest parts of China.Hear from Roman archaeologist Katia Schörle about this famed caravan city and how the convergence of trade and social networks made it one of the most prosperous cities of the ancient world.

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This program complements the exhibition Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance on view through May 27.

  Funerary Relief of Maqi (detail), about A.D 200, Roman (Palmyran). Limestone. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Depicting the Dead: From Ancient Syria to Social Media

Saturday, March 16, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | The Getty Villa
How do we choose to commemorate the deceased? In this diverse panel, experts present short talks on memorial portraits from five different chronological and cultural contexts. Learn about funerary portraits from Palmyra, images of the deceased on Roman sarcophagi, Renaissance domestic memorials, early American paintings and photographs, and digital remembrance today. Conversation and refreshments follow.

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This program complements the exhibition Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance on view through May 27.

  Statuette of a Standing Comic Actor (detail), 200-100 B.C., Greek. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman. Image: Bruce White Photography

Comedy & Public Embarrassment in Ancient Rome

Sunday, March 31, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | The Getty Villa
Celebrate April Fools' Day with an examination of "funny," Roman-style. Scholar Amy Richlin explores what made Romans laugh and how joking and public performance amused, united, and embarrassed different levels of society. In a culture with very different ideas of political correctness, what was considered funny? And why? This talk contains content that may not be suitable for young children; parental discretion is advised.

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Villa Theater Lab: The Oedipus/Antigone Project

Friday, March 8, 7:30 pm; Saturday, March 9, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 10, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Choreographer Lionel Popkin's new evening-length premiere, The Oedipus/Antigone Project, takes its impetus from two of Sophocles' best known plays, Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus; the journey that Oedipus and Antigone take from Thebes to Colonus as they struggle to protect each other within a civic code that confounds them. Popkin blends unexpected humor and resonant physicality to craft worlds that, according to The Washington Post, have "a flair for originality that periodically has you realizing that you are smiling to yourself in the dark," and approaches dance-making in a way that The New York Times calls, "as farcical as it is dead serious." His multimedia performance works have been called "a zenith of corporeal possibilities" by The Los Angeles Times and "by turns comical, creepy, and uncanny" by The New Yorker.

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Powerful Protectors: Magic in the Roman World

Saturday, March 2, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | The Getty Villa
Through magical chants and special objects, ancient Romans harnessed the forces of nature and asked supernatural beings to bring good fortune and protection. In this interactive family workshop, customize a personal power pouch, write a message to a helpful guardian, and join theatrical play to activate the magic!

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  Installation view of the Underworld Krater from Altamura, South Italian, made in Apulia, 360-340 BC; terracotta. Attributed to the Circle of the Lycurgus Painter. National Archaeological Museum of Naples

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife

On view through March 18 | The Getty Villa
Final weeks to visit the exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife.

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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  Aphrodite Spanking Eros, 200-1 B.C., Greek. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Eros, the Naughty Superhero of Love

Did you ever wonder about the origins of Cupid or Eros (his Greek name) and what he was really like? The youthful winged god comes from ancient Greece and Rome, but might not be so cute as he first appears.

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