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August 28–November 11, 2012 and
November 13, 2012–February 3, 2013 at the Getty Center


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All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300.


The Saint John's Bible: A Contemporary Illuminated Manuscript
In 1998 Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible. Jackson discusses the influences and techniques that informed his creation and how, in turn, its making provided insights into the work of the past.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 7:00pm
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Getty Perspectives: Is Anthropomorphism the Basis of Religion? Some Observations Suggested by Late Medieval Devotional Objects
Caroline Walker Bynum, professor emerita of Western medieval history at the Institute for Advanced Study, questions theories that religion resides in a human need to see the world as anthropomorphic, thus challenging the conception both of the holy and of objects such theories imply.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Museum Lecture Hall
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Gallery Course

Illuminated Bibles, Then and Now
During the Middle Ages, Bibles and other religious books not only played an important role in the devotional lives of the faithful, they also served as material testaments to the piety of their owners. This course explores the history, significance, and making of illuminated Bibles and religious books.

Course fee $30 (parking fee not included).
Open to 75 participants.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 1:00–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall
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The Presentation in the Temple


Curators' Gallery Talks
Elizabeth Morrison, curator of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:30pm.

Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.


Gordon Getty Concert: Lionheart
One of America's leading ensembles in vocal chamber music, Lionheart is known for its soaring artistry as well as its masterful musical scholarship. Acclaimed for its "smoothly blended and impeccably balanced sound" (New York Times), the ensemble performs a thrilling program of songs from the illuminated pages of the Laudario of Sant Agnese, on view in the exhibition Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350.

Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium