A variety of special programs complement the exhibition. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or see information on planning a visit.


A Knight's Bookshelf

Nancy Regalado, professor of medieval French literature at New York University, discusses the importance of manuscripts in the world of the medieval nobility. These books with their lavish images were prestigious commissions, precious material possessions, sources of thrilling entertainment, and also vehicles for teaching moral and spiritual values to knights.

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Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Lecture Hall

When Ages Collide: The Representation of Classical and Contemporary Warriors in Medieval Manuscript Illustration

Tobias Capwell, curator of arms and armor at the Wallace Collection, London, explores the essential characteristics of medieval and Classical warriors as illustrated in manuscript art. Capwell considers the motivations and intentions of the artists who depicted arms and armor of both their own time and from ancient sources through their unique form of visual storytelling.

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Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Lecture Hall

Culinary Workshop

A Knight's Table: Food, Drink, and Damsels in Distress

Explore art and cuisine from the age of chivalry with chef and art historian Robin Trento. Tour the exhibition Chivalry in the Middle Ages, discover period customs, ingredients and recipes, and prepare a class meal fit for nobility. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $85. Complimentary parking. Tickets available beginning Tuesday, October 21.

Thursday, November 6, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Repeats Friday, November 7.
Getty Center: Private Dining Room


Artist at Work: Arms and Armor

How did knights get shining armor? Drop by as master blacksmith Tony Swatton demonstrates materials and techniques used in making arms and armor of the Middle Ages.

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Sunday, August 10, 24, and 31; 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Courtyard

Sunday, October 19, 26, and November 2; 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Studios


Curator's Gallery Talk

Elizabeth Morrison, senior curator of manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Lecture Hall.

Tuesday, July 15, August 19, September 23, and October 7; 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum galleries

Family Activities

Art Lab: The Chivalry Project

Join artist Becca Lofchie in a drop-in, hands-on workshop that explores the idea of "chivalry" in contemporary life. Create your own manuscript page and then visit the related exhibition of illuminated manuscripts, Chivalry in the Middle Ages. Participants also learn about how to participate in our online Chivalry Project. Free, and fun for all ages.

Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26; Wednesday, August 6; Saturday, August 16 and 23; and Saturday, November 1 and 8; 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Family Room Patio

Family Festival: Chivalry

Experience the age of chivalry in this daylong festival celebrating knights in armor, ladies of the court, and all things noble, inspired by the exhibition Chivalry in the Middle Ages. Listen to tales of King Arthur's Round Table and legendary deeds of great bravery, play medieval games of strategy like young aristocrats, design a family coat of arms, and decorate a goblet for your own royal feast.

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Sunday, September 20, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Courtyard

Free GettyGuide® Multimedia Player

Listen and learn what "chivalry" meant in the Middle Ages, including who practiced it and why. Pick up a multimedia player free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall.