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February 26–May 12, 2013 at the Getty Center


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


Tales from an Art Detective: The Eventful Lives of Art Objects
Victoria Reed, Monica S. Sadler Assistant Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, discusses her experiences as an "art detective": tracing the ownership history of the MFA's collection and looking for potential seizures, thefts, and losses during the Nazi era (1933–45) and beyond. She offers a behind-the-scenes look at art museum policy and practice today.

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Medievalism's Manuscripts: The History of Medieval Manuscripts off the Shelf
Anne-Marie Eze of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Nancy Turner of the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Abby Kornfeld of New York University speak about the afterlife of manuscripts in the 19th and 20th centuries. Eze, Turner, and Kornfeld focus on the many roles manuscripts played in the Gothic revival and 19th-century imaginings of the medieval past. Presented in conjunction with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA.

A second day of presentations featuring seven distinguished speakers from the United States and abroad takes place at UCLA on April 13, 2013.

Friday, April 12, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
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GettyGuide® Multimedia Player

Listen to a curator and conservator tell the surprising stories of what and how these manuscripts have survived through the centuries. Pick up an iPod Touch free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall.


Curator's Gallery Talks

Kristen Collins, associate curator of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.