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The Face of the Christ
Date: Thursday May 8, 2008, at 7 pm
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Admission: Free. Reservation required

Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum, begins with an historical overview of the visual representation of Christ, from its earliest references in the 3rd century to its full realization in the 6th century and into what we recognize today as the iconic image of Jesus. He then reviews the way in which the iconic faces of Jesus have functioned, both within the societies that created them as well as in societies of today. He concludes by exploring the ways different cultures and people have adapted the iconic image of Christ to their needs. Complements the exhibition Imagining Christ.