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November 14, 2006–March 4, 2007 at the Getty Center

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Curator's Gallery Talks

Listen to one-hour talks about the exhibition by Getty Museum curators. No sign-up needed; meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center.

Galina Tirnanic, curatorial assistant, Department of Manuscripts
Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 3:00 p.m.

Kristen M. Collins, assistant curator, Department of Manuscripts
Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Point-of-View Talks

Talks are held at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. in the Museum galleries. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 3:00 p.m.

William J. Fulco, S.J., National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Loyola Marymount University and language-theological consultant for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, discusses the exhibition.
Friday, December 1, 2006

Evangelos Zournatzis, icon painter and independent scholar, discusses the practice and history of icon painting in the exhibition.
Friday, February 2, 2007

Exhibition Tours

One-hour exhibition overviews led by gallery teachers are offered Tuesdays through Sundays at 3:00 p.m. beginning November 21, 2006.

Family Festival

Explore the lands of Egypt, Byzantium, and the Eastern Mediterranean in a full day of interactive events designed to entertain, entice and educate everyone in your family! Enjoy the music of the Sinai Bedouins as performed by Yuval Ron, create your own reliquary box inspired by a journey to Saint Catherine's monastery, and listen to tales of Moses and the Mideast as performed by renowned storytellers Alidz Agbabian and Carl Weintraub.

Saturday, February 24, 2007, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard, Getty Center

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Gallery Course

Designing the Experience for Icons from Sinai
This course looks at how visitors interact with designed environments and examines how designers create exhibitions that successfully communicate, educate, and inspire. Simon Adlam, senior designer, department of exhibition design, the J. Paul Getty Museum, reveals some of the unique challenges he and his staff confronted while designing the exhibition. The lecture is followed by a tour of the exhibition and the design studio for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the design process. Course fee $20. Open to 40 participants.

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, Design Studios, and Galleries, Getty Center

Studio Course

From Icons to Altarpieces: The Art of Egg Tempera Panel Painting
From ancient times to the Renaissance, artists combined dry pigments with egg yolk to create luminous panel paintings. Explore these traditional materials and techniques with artist Sylvana Barrett and create an original tempera painting in this two-part studio workshop. Course fee $65; students $50. Open to 25 participants. Reservations for November courses available beginning October 24, 2006 at 9:00 a.m.; December courses beginning November 22, 2006 at 9:00 a.m.; and January courses beginning December 21, 2006 at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesdays, November 14 & 21, 2006, 1:00–5:00 p.m.; repeated Tuesdays, December 5 & 12, 2006, 1:00–5:00 p.m.; and Sundays, January 14 & 21, 2007, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Museum Studios and Galleries, Getty Center


Monks from Saint Catherine's monastery and exhibition curators discuss the holy icons of Sinai. Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall or the Exhibition Pavilion.

Heavenly Ladder / Unknown


Light, Liturgy, and Icons at Sinai
Robert S. Nelson, Robert Lehman Professor of Medieval and Byzantine Art and Architecture at Yale University (and co-curator of the exhibition), reveals how the exploration of icons in the spaces of their devotion enhances appreciation of these beautiful and rarely displayed objects.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 7:00 p.m.

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The Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Sinai: Responses to a Sacred Space
Through discussion of the monastery's icons, Helen Evans, curator of Byzantine art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores various forms of pilgrimage to Saint Catherine's, from the earliest Christian travelers to contemporary scholars.

Thursday, December 7, 2006, 7:00 p.m.

Sacred Sites: Pilgrimage in Comparative Perspective
Susan Slyomovics, professor of anthropology and Near Eastern Studies at UCLA, and Juan E. Campo, professor of religious studies at UC Santa Barbara, explore pilgrimage traditions in Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity.

Sunday, January 21, 2007, 4:00 p.m.

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Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the historic materials and traditional techniques of gilded panel painting as practiced in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Every Thursday and Sunday
November 16–December 31, 2006
1:00–2:00 p.m., panel preparation & gilding
2:00–3:00 p.m., painting

Museum Studios, Getty Center


An Illuminated Manuscript of the Heavenly Ladder: Spiritual Ascents through Art
Father Justin Sinaites, librarian at Saint Catherine's, offers insights about the monastery library.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 3:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center


Icons from Sinai
Byzantine scholars discuss icons from Sinai and related issues in this two-day symposium. Fee per day: $50; $10 students.

Friday, January 26, 2007, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Getty Center
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA

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Gordon Getty Concert
Cappella Romana Presents "Mt. Sinai: The Frontier of Byzantium"

Cappella Romana presents an ecstatic and uplifting program of medieval Byzantine music, including chants for Saint Catherine, Christmas, and Epiphany from Saint Catherine's monastery. Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

Sunday, December 10, 2006, 3:00 p.m.

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