The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Past Event

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 stories of their six-year collaboration investigating and conserving the monumental vessels on view in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. They reveal the detective work behind trying to determine where the vases were buried, the forensic techniques that helped uncover how they were reassembled in the nineteenth century, and the complex challenges in determining how to clean, repair, and display these ancient objects.

Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy will be on view November 19, 2014 through May 11, 2015 at the Getty Villa.

About Ursula Kaestner
Ursula Kaestner studied classical archaeology and prehistory at Humboldt-Universitaet in Berlin, Germany, and obtained her doctorate with a thesis on early italiote vases in the Dresden Antikensammlung. Since 1977 she has been employed in the department of classical antiquity of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, first as assistant curator and from 1989 as curator for the vase collection. Her research focuses on Greek, Etruscan and South Italian vases, the histories of collecting and restoration, and archaeology in the Ottoman Empire. In addition to a number of articles and exhibitions on these topics, she co-edited Griechen, Skythen, Amazonen (2007) and Konservieren oder Restaurieren: Die Restaurierung griechischer Vasen von der Antike (2007). Since 2008, Ursula has spearheaded the conservation and research on the group of Apulian vases displayed in Dangerous Perfection.

About David Saunders
David Saunders is associate curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He obtained his D.Phil. from Oxford University with a thesis on Athenian vase-painting. In addition to his research and publications on Greek pottery, he also works on ancient bronzes and the history of restorations. David joined the museum in 2008, and prior to Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy, the exhibitions he has curated include Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze (2011); Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (2012), and Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor (2013).

About Marie Svoboda
Marie Svoboda is associate conservator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. After receiving her MA from the Art Conservation training program in Buffalo, New York in 1994, she worked as a conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she focused on the conservation of the museum's Egyptian and classical collections. She joined the Getty Museum in 2003 where she conducts numerous in-depth conservation and research projects including the six year collaboration with the Antikensammlung, Berlin involving the study and treatment of four South Italian vases, the subject of this panel presentation. Marie's other projects include the investigation of the Museum's red-shroud mummy culminating in the publication Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt (Getty Publications, 2011, co-authored with Lorelei Corcoran), and more recently an international collaboration researching the materials and technology of Romano-Egyptian mummy portraits.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the program.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.