The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Eduardo Sanchez and Susan Lansing Maish
 
Many of the special exhibitions presented at the Getty Villa include objects that are on loan through international partnerships and have been studied and treated by the J. Paul Getty Museum's department of antiquities conservation. In this informal presentation and discussion, three of the Museum's conservators—Jerry Podany, Eduardo Sánchez, and Marie Svoboda— share the many unique challenges and opportunities in handling masterpieces of ancient art and preparing them for the galleries and public viewing. Whether they are re-restoring monumental South Italian vases, conserving a rare hoard of luxurious Roman silver vessels, cleaning an ancient terracotta bust of the goddess Persephone, or protecting the most extraordinary statue from the fifth century B.C. from earthquakes, this program provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at their work at the Villa.

About Jerry Podany
Jerry Podany joined the department of antiquities conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1978, and since 1985 he has served as head of the department. In 1982, he received a certificate in archaeological conservation with distinction from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London. He is adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and regularly lectures at Columbia University and New York University. Podany was elected as a two-term president of the American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works from 1999-2003 and presently serves as the president of the International Institute for Conservation. Podany has a particular interest in the reassembly methodologies for large-scale sculpture, the history of conservation of ancient materials, and the protection of collections and monuments from seismic risks by the application of engineering principles to conservation practice. He has published widely in these areas and has taught seminars on earthquake mitigation in Istanbul Turkey, Taipei Taiwan, Greece, and throughout the United States.

Teresa Navarro-Gomez
 
About Eduardo Sánchez
Eduardo Sánchez is associate conservator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He earned his masters of fine arts degree in 1983 from the Claremont Graduate University and in 1991 completed the international course on stone conservation sponsored by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). In addition to his work in researching and conserving the Museum's antiquities collection, Sánchez focuses on collaborative projects of large scale stone sculptures and floor mosaics, such as the conservation of an imperial Roman portrait sculpture of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin and the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to ancient Roman mosaic masterpieces from Tunisia with the Institut National du Patrimoine. Presently, Sánchez is working with the Cabinet des Médailles in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris to complete the analysis and the conservation of 96 Roman silver luxury items, which are part of the Berthouville Treasure.

About Marie Svoboda
Marie Svoboda is associate conservator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. After graduating from the Buffalo Art Conservation training program in Buffalo, New York in 1994, Svoboda 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. Svoboda joined the Getty in 2004 where she conducts numerous in-depth conservation and research projects including an investigation of the Museum's Romano-Egyptian red-shroud mummy that culminated in the publication Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt (Getty Publications, 2011, co-authored with Lorelei Corcoran). Her most recent project is the examination and treatment of four South Italian vases dating back to the 4th century B.C. in a collaborative project with the Antikensammlung in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, Svoboda is planning an international research project of Roman mummy portraits.

Learn more about the conservation of the Berthouville Treasure and the South Italian vases on the blog The Iris: Views from the Getty.

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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.