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Temple of Poseidon, after 1805, Simone Pomardi; watercolor. The Packard Humanities Institute


  Temple of Zeus Temple of Zeus, Nemea (detail), after 1805. Simone Pomardi (Italian, 1757–1830). Watercolor. Courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute

Greece's Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi

Closes February 15, 2016 | The Getty Villa
Experience the sights of Greece in the early-19th century through the eyes of English antiquarian Edward Dodwell and Italian artist Simone Pomardi. The pair toured Greece during its rule by the Ottoman Empire and produced around 1,000 watercolors and drawings of monuments, ancient sites, and picturesque vistas.

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  Temple of Zeus, Nemea Mosaic Floor with Combat Between Dares and Entellus, about 175. Roman.

Roman Mosaics across the Empire

March 30–September 12, 2016 | The Getty Villa
Ancient Roman decor was unique for the elaborate mosaic pavements that transformed entire rooms into spectacular settings of saturated color, mythological imagery, and pure imagination. Geometric patterns and narrative scenes enlivened interior spaces and mirrored the cultural ambitions of wealthy patrons. Drawn primarily from the Getty Museum's collection, this exhibition presents the artistry of mosaics and the contexts of their discovery across Rome's expanding empire from southern Italy to Gaul, North Africa, and Syria.


  Villa Theater Lab: The Antigone Project Photo: Todd McKimmey

The Antigone Project

Friday, February 19, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 20, 3:00 and 8:00; Sunday, February 21, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
An intimate physical-theater duo imagines unspoken parts of the iconic Antigone story and examines the unique qualities of the sibling bond. An up-close exploration of the heroine and the brother she buries, this original work pulls from current events, the Wild West, ancient Greece, and our own childhood living rooms for a fresh and personal look at the legacy of Oedipus, offering insight into how the themes in this story live on in our culture. Tickets $7.

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  View of the Parthenon View of the Parthenon from the Propylaea, Athens, 1805, Simone Pomardi; sepia. The Packard Humanities Institute

The Acropolis of Athens: The Untold Story

Thursday, January 21, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
The Athenian Acropolis annually attracts millions of tourists to marvel at this icon of the ancient past. Yet in privileging the monuments of classical antiquity, archaeologists have erased entire eras of historical memory. Historian Thomas Gallant tells the post-antiquity story of the Acropolis and its enduring symbolism for Greek identity in the modern era.

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  Remains of a late second/early first century B.C. shipwreck found in the South Euboean Gulf, Greece President Dwight D. Eisenhower (left) receives ancient artifacts from Prime Minister Spyros Markezinis (center). Photo courtesy of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Abilene, Kansas

Our Presidents' Gifts: The Role of Greek Antiquities in Greek–U.S. Political Relationships after World War II

Saturday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
In the late 1940s, the United States' involvement in Greece ushered in a new, unprecedented role for Greek antiquities presented as state gifts to American presidents and other high-ranking officials. Art historian Nassos Papalexandrou takes a closer look at the character of these objects, their qualities as ancient artifacts, the symbolism behind their selection, and the reception by those who accepted them.

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  Drawing from Antiquity students in action. Drawing from Antiquity students in action.

Drawing from Antiquity Sessions: Shape and Line

Saturdays, January 23 and February 6, 11:00 a.m. | The Getty Villa
Discover the tradition of sketching from ancient works of art and architecture in these free, informal lessons. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome.

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  The Erechtheion The Erechtheion, Athens, after 1805, Simone Pomardi. Watercolor. The Packard Humanities Institute

Watercolor Workshop

Sunday, January 24, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Join artist Elmira Adamian for a daylong watercolor workshop focusing on landscapes in antiquity. Tour the exhibition Greece's Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi, and practice plein-air watercolor techniques in the Outer Peristyle gardens. Course fee $125 (includes lunch and materials).

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  red-figure kylix Attic red-figure kylix, or wine cup, (detail) about 500 BC, Greek, attributed to Onesimos. Terracotta.

Lust and Libation: Wine and Sex in the Ancient World

Saturday, February 13, 4:00–6:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Celebrate the feast of St. Valentine with an afternoon of art and wine at the Getty Villa. Start with a tour of selected artworks with educator Shelby Brown to discover the age–old connection of passion and the grape. Then enjoy a tasting and discussion of wines from Italy and Greece—the heart of classical antiquity—with advanced sommelier and wine instructor Giammario Villa. Must be at least 21 years of age. Course fee $75 (includes wine and hors d'oeuvres).

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  Bronze Pour, Decker Fine Arts Foundry

Introduction to Fresco Painting (2-part course)

Saturdays, February 20 and 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Join fresco master iLia Anossov for a hands-on introduction to the art of painting on fresh plaster. The two-day workshop explores plaster preparation, cartoon-making and transfer methods, raw pigments, and painting techniques through lecture, demonstration, and studio practice. Each participant completes a buon fresco tile. Course fee $235 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  Janus - head cup Janus - head cup, 1st century, Roman. Glass.


This 1st–century Roman glass cup depicts Janus, the god who gives January its name. Janus was the master of beginnings, and his two faces suggest his ability to see both comings and goings, past and future. To mark the new year, Romans adorned their houses with evergreens, exchanged sweets, and prepared offerings to please Janus. This object is on view at the Getty Villa, Gallery 214.



Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire

Edited by Karl Galinsky and Kenneth Lapatin

Ancient Rome was a memory culture par excellence and memory pervades all aspects of Roman culture, from literature and art to religion and politics. This volume of fifteen essays is the first to address the cultural artifacts of Rome through the lens of memory studies, addressing a wide spectrum of cultural phenomena from a range of approaches.

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Household Gods: Private Devotion in Ancient Greece and Rome

By Alexandra Sofroniew

Besides official worship in rural sacred areas and at temples in towns, the ancients kept household shrines with statuettes of different deities that could have a deep personal and spiritual meaning. Showcasing the collections in the Getty Villa, this book's emphasis on the beliefs and practices of individuals promises to make the works of Greek and Roman art more accessible to readers.

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  Carbonized papyrus scroll Carbonized papyrus scroll (top); Some of the Greek letters identified by X-ray phase-contrast tomography (bottom). (Courtesy Vito Mocella/Nature Publishing Group)

The Invisible Library: Can digital technology make the Herculaneum scrolls legible after two thousand years?

By John Seabrook for The New Yorker

Trying to decipher ancient scrolls found in the Villa dei Papiri, the architectural model for the Getty Villa.

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