The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below. Parking fee: $15

Isis and Serapis panel paintings
Ancient Greek and Roman artists often painted directly on portable wooden panels. Known as "panel paintings," such works served a wide variety of purposes, from humble portraits to ambitious narratives teaming with animated figures. Due to their fragility, panel paintings, like Apelles' renowned "Birth of Venus" and other works by famous artists mentioned by classical authors, are today a lost chapter in the history of ancient art. Yet the recent discovery of more than 60 panel paintings from Egypt is shedding light on this lost genre and could change what we know about the history of painting. Thomas F. Mathews, professor emeritus at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, shares his research about this new corpus of paintings and how they can help us to understand the Getty's "Isis" and "Serapis" panels on view at the Getty Villa, exploring their original cultic use and complex iconography as well as their format.

About Thomas F. Mathews
Thomas F. Mathews is the John Langeloth Loeb Professor of the History of Art, Emeritus, at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. With degrees in both theology and the history of art, Mathews is a noted expert in the interpretation of religious art of the Early Christian and Medieval world with special interest in architecture and liturgy, manuscript illumination and exegesis, and the cultic use of icons. He is the author of numerous articles and books including The Clash of Gods (Princeton University Press, 1999) where he challenged traditional interpretations of Early Christian art. Recipient of many fellowships and honors, Mathews taught the history of art at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts for thirty years, and in 2010 he was a visiting professor at Oxford University's Oriental Institute.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 1:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. The Cafe is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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.