The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Pair of Etruscan Disk Earrings
Evidence from grave sites provides the best insight into the art and culture of Etruria in the 7th to 5th centuries B.C. Funerary material, however, reveals more about the patrons than the artisans themselves. Archaeologist Gregory Warden of Southern Methodist University in Dallas shares recent research from excavations at central Italian settlements and sanctuaries that shed new light about ancient artists and how they produced the splendid luxury goods that graced tombs of the Etruscan élites.

About Gregory Warden
Gregory Warden is the University Distinguished Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. A native of Florence, Italy, Warden is also the founder, principal investigator, and co-director of the Mugello Valley Archaelogical Project, an SMU-sponsored archaeological excavation at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla located about 20 miles northeast of Florence. Warden has written extensively on Greek, Etruscan, and Roman archaeology and is the executive editor of the scholarly journal Etruscan Studies. In 2009 he coordinated From the Temple and the Tomb: Etruscan Treasures from Tuscany, the largest exhibition on the Etruscans presented in North America. In 2011 he was elected to the Istituto di Studi Etruschi e Italici and has been awarded the title of Knight by the Republic of Italy.

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.