The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Statuette of Eros wearing the lionskin of Herakles
Aphrodite always had serious competition from her son Eros, the Greek god of desire. He was the darling of ancient artists who expressed the popular fascination of his irresistible power in poetry and art. Eros was active everywhere in Greek and Roman daily life, and his interferences in the affairs of gods and mortals were as much a cause for celebration as for lamentation. Christine Kondoleon of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, discusses ancient perceptions of Eros and his role in the realm of human desire, sex, and love.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Aphrodite and the Gods of Love on view March 28 through July 9, 2012 at the Getty Villa.

About Christine Kondoleon
Christine Kondoleon is the George Behrakis Senior Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has authored numerous publications of the Museum's world renowned collection and organized the exhibitions Games for the Gods in 2004 and Aphrodite and the Gods of Love in 2011. She was formerly the curator of ancient art at the Worcester Art Museum where she organized the exhibition Antioch: The Lost Ancient City. She has also held posts at Williams College and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the American Academy in Rome, Harvard University, and Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1985 with an emphasis in later Roman and early Byzantine art and mosaics.

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. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light 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 lecture.

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.