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Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai
through March 4, 2007
The Getty Center

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See sacred images of saints, angels, and biblical figures in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of icons from the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai, the mountain where Moses is said to have encountered God. Learn the story of these glowing treasures, how they provide access to the divine, and how they survived the systematic destruction of icons over 1,200 years ago.

Explore the exhibition in depth with a wide array of special tours, lectures, performances, family activities, and more.

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Saint Theodosia / Unknown
Saint Theodosia (detail), early 1200s. At top: Menologion icon for August (detail), about 1200. The Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine, Sinai, Egypt. Photography by Bruce M. White, 2005
The Gospels in Medieval Manuscript Illumination
through January 7, 2007
The Getty Center
Saint Luke / Byzantine
Saint Luke (detail), Byzantine, early 1200s

Richly decorated and luxurious Gospels from the Middle Ages are the focus of this exhibition, which presents luminous, meticulously rendered manuscript paintings from Byzantium, Western Europe, and Ethiopia.

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Also on View at the Getty Center

A Tumultuous Assembly: Visual Poems of the Italian Futurists (through January 7, 2007)
Guercino: Mind to Paper (through January 21, 2007)
Public Faces/Private Spaces: Recent Acquisitions (through February 4, 2007)
Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection (through February 25, 2007)
Casting Nature: François-Thomas Germain's Machine d'Argent (through March 25, 2007)
From Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter: German Paintings from Dresden (through April 29, 2007)
A Renaissance Cabinet Rediscovered (through August 5, 2007)

On View at the Getty Villa

Enduring Myth: The Tragedy of Hippolytos and Phaidra (through December 4, 2006)
Stories in Stone: Conserving Mosaics of Roman Africa; Masterpieces from the National Museums of Tunisia (through April 30, 2007)

E V E N T  H I G H L I G H T S

La Gran Ruta Inca (lecture)
December 7, 8:00 p.m., The Getty Villa (English)
December 8, 7:30 p.m., The Los Angeles River Center (Spanish)

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It's not too late to save the Gran Ruta Inca, the ancient paved road that stretches more than 4,000 miles across the mountains, rain forests, and grasslands of the Andes. Learn about the past and future of the road from researcher and explorer Ricardo Espinosa, whose fieldwork has rallied the world conservation community to protect this marvel of engineering, empire building, and geography.

English—December 7, 8:00 p.m.
Espinosa presents his lecture in English at the Getty Villa. Free; a ticket is required.

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Español—8 de Diciembre, 7:30 p.m.
El Señor Espinosa presentará esta conferencia en español en Los Angeles River Center & Gardens. Gratis; no es necesario reservar.

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Gran Ruta Inca
The Gran Ruta Inca, an ancient footpath that connected the Inca Empire
© Guías del Caminante
Cinema of Grace: German Romanticism on Film (film series)
December 8, 9, 15, and 16, 7:30 p.m., and December 9 and 16, 4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Still from the Passion of Joan of Arc
Faith, suffering, redemption: Renée Maria Falconetti in Carl Theodor Dreyer's unforgettable The Passion of Joan of Arc
Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Plumb the depths of the human psyche with six visually stunning films inspired by the spirit of German Romanticism. From the first and best cinematic Dracula (F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu) to a 1970s masterpiece whose entire cast acted under hypnosis (Werner Herzog's Heart of Glass), these films extend the meditative spell cast by the landscapes in the exhibition From Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter: German Paintings from Dresden.

Free; reservations required.

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Cappella Romana Presents Mt. Sinai: The Frontier of Byzantium (Gordon Getty Concert)
December 10, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

Experience the transcendent sounds of Sinai with world-renowned choral ensemble Cappella Romana, who return to the Getty Center to perform chants from Saint Catherine's Monastery in celebration of the exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai. Hear rarely performed masterpieces from the Orthodox Church, including joyful music for Christmas and Epiphany.

Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

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Cappella Romana
Cappella Romana presents a virtuoso performance of sacred music from Saint Catherine's
Photo: Carter LeBlanc
To Draw Or Not To Draw? Contrasting the Approaches of Caravaggio and Guercino (lecture)
December 10, 4:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Assassination of Amnon / Guercino
The Martyrdom of Saints John and Paul (detail), Guercino, 1630–32
Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, London

Italian artist Guercino drew incessantly, casting his characters in ink and chalk before setting brush to canvas. His contemporary Caravaggio, however, hardly drew at all. Find out why from Julian Brooks, curator of the exhibition Guercino: Mind to Paper, and discover how we can deepen our understanding of artists' achievements by examining their working methods.

Free; reservations required.

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Villa Theater Lab: Agamemnon (performance)
December 15 and 16, 8:00 p.m., and December 16 and 17, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

Explore the richness of classical theater with this newest installment of the Villa Theater Lab series. Internationally renowned director Stephen Wadsworth lends his powerful vision to Agamemnon, Aeschylus's extraordinary drama about the aftermath of the Trojan War. A small cast, led by Tony Award-winning actress Tyne Daly in the role of Clytemnestra, will perform and analyze scenes from the play to explore its artistry, emotional power, and contemporary relevance.

Free; a ticket is required. Tickets are available beginning Wednesday, November 22, at 9:00 a.m.

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Red-figure calyx krater with Orestes avenging his father's death
Bloody sword in hand, Orestes avenges Agamemnon's murder

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Festival
December 3, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

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Musicàntica's Enzo Fina entertains kids of all ages with his percussion and sense of fun

Dance to the rhythms of North African music, create your own mosaic, and get spirited away by ancient myths in this all-day Family Festival inspired by the exhibition Stories in Stone: Conserving Mosaics of Roman Africa; Masterpieces from the National Museums of Tunisia.

Free; an advance, timed ticket is required for each individual. Tickets are available beginning Wednesday, November 22, at 9:00 a.m.

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Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa
Event Calendar

There's more in December—check our online event calendar for all upcoming programs.

Learn how contemporary poets have carried on the Futurists' legacy in a lecture and reception with Paul Vangelisti on December 13 to celebrate the final weeks of the current exhibition A Tumultuous Assembly: Visual Poems of the Italian Futurists, or join the LA Art Girls, known for their playful and thought-provoking performances and interventions, for a discussion of their recent work on December 8.

Get Romantic with an afternoon course on German landscape painting on December 13, or create your own panel painting in a two-part studio course on egg tempera painting on December 5 and 12.

Fridays Off the 405 is dark in December and January—when the sun comes back, so will the music!

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