October 27, 2013
Lectures and Conferences
Cyrus the Great and the Persian Empire: Perspectives from Antiquity to Today
Sunday October 27, 2013
10:15 am - 5:15 pm
Auditorium, Getty Villa


Since its discovery in 1879, the Cyrus Cylinder has prompted wide-ranging discussion about the benevolent nature of Cyrus's rule. At this one-day symposium, experts address the range of perspectives from which the Cylinder–and the Achaemenid Empire generally–have been understood. Speakers will consider Babylonian precursors, the Persian and Jewish traditions, the ancient Greek view, and the representation of Cyrus in modern Iran. Admission: $15.00.

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Courses and Demonstrations
Proclamations in Clay
Sunday October 27, 2013
10:30 am - 5 pm
Education Studio, Getty Villa


Join artist Anna Mayer for a ceramic workshop pairing language and clay. Begin with an exploration of the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning. In the studio, learn hand-building techniques to create ceramic cylinders and vessels inscribed with your own text dedications. Ceramics will be fired following the course for later pick-up. Course fee $150 (includes materials, lunch, and parking).

Course repeats Sunday, November 17.


Handling Session: Fresco Painting
Sundays through March 30, 2014
11 am - 12 pm
Reading Room, Getty Villa


How were ancient frescoes painted into wet plaster? Learn about the oldest-known painting medium in this multisensory handling session. Touch tools and materials used by ancient wall painters, including plaster, marble dust, sand, pigment, and trowels. This is a free, drop-in program.

Tours and Gallery Talks
Getty Villa Inner Peristyle
Architecture Tour
Daily through December 31, 2014
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Museum, Getty Villa


Explore the architecture of the Getty Villa and learn more about daily life in the ancient world in this 40-minute tour. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Getty Villa Outer Peristyle
Garden Tour
Sundays through December 31, 2014
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Getty Villa


Discover the rich mythological and cultural connections of ancient gardens in this 40-minute tour of the Getty Villa's four Roman gardens. Meet at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance.

Collection Spotlight Talk
Daily through December 30, 2013
11 am
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Discover the richness of ancient art in this 30-minute gallery talk that looks in depth at a major work in the Museum's collection. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the talk at the Tour Meeting Place.

Collection Highlights Tour
Daily through December 30, 2013
1 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


This 50-minute tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum's collection. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.

Exhibition Tour: Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor
Daily through March 2, 2014
2 pm
Museum Galleries, Getty Villa


Join a museum educator for a 30-minute tour of the exhibition Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor, which is centered around an over life-size, bronze statue of Rome's second emperor. Learn about the portrait's discovery and history, and explore the vices and virtues of this reluctant ruler.

Exhibitions
Molten Color
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity
Daily through December 31, 2014

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


In 2003, the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a collection of over 350 pieces of ancient glass, formerly owned by Erwin Oppenländer. The works on view in Molten Color are remarkable for their high quality, their chronological breadth, and the glassmaking techniques illustrated by their manufacture. The vessels are accompanied by text and videos illustrating ancient glassmaking techniques.

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Relief with Antiochos and Herakles
Relief with Antiochos and Herakles
Daily through May 4, 2015

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


On loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, a stele honoring Prokleides, a military officer in the Athenian army, is on view at the Getty Villa in a gallery (208) devoted to Religious Offerings. Carved in relief above a public decree are figures of Antiochos, the mythical founder of the tribe Antiochis, and his father, the Greek hero Herakles.

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Cyrus Cylinder
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning
Daily through December 2, 2013

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Found in 1879, the Cyrus Cylinder is among the most iconic discoveries from the ancient world, with a legacy that resounds to this day. A clay cylinder inscribed with cuneiform script, it records the conquest of Babylon in 539 B.C. by the Persian king Cyrus the Great. The text proclaims that Cyrus restored religious practices and allowed exiled peoples to return home. In doing so, it bears witness to the multiethnic nature of the Achaemenid Empire, which introduced innovative forms of writing, religion, and luxury goods to the Near East. This exhibition is organized by the British Museum in partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Los Angeles presentation is made possible by the generosity of Farhang Foundation.

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Tiberius
Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor
Daily through March 3, 2014

Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa


Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, an over-life-size bronze statue of Tiberius (ruled A.D. 14–37) was discovered in 1741, during the first years of excavation at Herculaneum. The subject of a recent conservation project at the Getty Villa, the sculpture—on loan from Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples—provides the occasion to explore Tiberius's character and career. Through twists of fate and familial circumstance, he succeeded Augustus to become Rome's second emperor. Yet, ill at ease with his position, he famously removed himself to the island of Capri for the final decade of his reign. This exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.

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