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Painting Saints (lecture)

Date: Thursday, August 11, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free. Reservations required.

Artist John Nava discusses how Rembrandt and other painters throughout the history of art have depicted "recognizably ordinary people" as saints.

Focusing on Rembrandt's unique painting technique, Nava will offer an artist's perspective on how Rembrandt created the portraits in the current exhibition Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits and on how technique affects meaning.

John Nava

About John Nava
A master figurative painter, Nava conveys both the physical beauty and the psychological intensity of his subjects. His 25-part tapestry design for the Communion of the Saints in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles depicts 136 over-life-size saints from every period in history and every part of the globe.

Nava's other large-scale public works include a 45-foot-wide mural for the Tokyo Grain Exchange in Tokyo, Japan, and a 56-foot-wide fountain sculpture in Glendale, California. He has also created tapestries and triptychs for other religious spaces in California, Ohio, and Tennessee. His work is represented in many private and public collections, including the American Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Hawaii.

John Nava

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