Programs range from lectures for a general audience to seminars and symposia with a scholarly focus. We also offer a wide range of lecture and conversation series.
Programs at the Getty Villa explore the art and culture of the ancient Mediterranean from the perspectives of experts in a variety of fields, including art history, archaeology, classics, and conservation.
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Space, Time, Photography: Architecture and Its Image
Photography's long engagement with architecture found its most striking and innovative approaches in its attempts to convey the depth of space. In this presentation, Dietrich Neumann, professor of the history of art and architecture at Brown University, discusses evolving approaches to the photographic rendering of space, culminating with new approaches which renegotiate the border between photography and film in order to convey motion through space.
At the Getty Villa
Power, Prosperity, Philosophy: Roman Villas and the Men Who Built Them
Archaeologist Guy Métraux and classicist Jeff Fish examine the economic and cultural underpinnings of ancient Roman villas, exploring residences of the rich and the not-so-rich, as well as the biography of Lucius Calpurnius Piso, presumed owner of the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, the model for the Getty Villa. Free; a ticket is required.
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Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages
Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, explains the biomolecular archaeological approach behind the discovery of some of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world.
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