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Bear Hunt (detail), A.D. 300-400, Roman, Baiae, Italy. Stone. The J. Paul Getty Museum


  Corner panel from Bear Hunt (detail), A.D. 300-400, Baiae, Italy, stone. Corner panel from Bear Hunt mosaic (detail), A.D. 300-400, Baiae, Italy. Stone. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Roman Mosaics Across the Empire

Through September 12, 2016 | The Getty Villa
Roman decor was unique for the elaborate mosaic floors that transformed entire rooms into spectacular settings of vibrant color, figural imagery, and geometric design. This exhibition presents the artistry of mosaics as well as the contexts of their discovery across Rome's expanding empire—from its center in Italy to provinces in North Africa, southern Gaul, and ancient Syria.

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  Mosaic Floor with Combat Between Dares and Entellus (detail), about 175 A.D., Roman. Stone and glass tesserae. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Roman Mosaics: Evolution, Imagery, and Regional Characteristics

Thursday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
Mosaics first appeared in the Greek world during the Hellenistic Age, yet it was under the Romans that they became ubiquitous across the Mediterranean world and beyond. Archaeologist Demetrios Michaelides examines the development of mosaics as an art form, its spread throughout the Roman Empire, and its contribution to our understanding of the ancient world. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Jim Gailloreto Jim Gailloreto

The Pythiad

Saturday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle
Framed by the tales of nine lesser-known Greek heroes, The Pythiad is a multi-movement piece written for voice, string quartet, soprano saxophone, and string bass, performed by composer and saxophonist Jim Gailloreto, his ensemble Jazz String Quintet, and jazz vocalist Cheryl Wilson. Tickets $25.

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  Getty Villa mural Detail of mural in Outer Peristyle at the Getty Villa in Malibu. © 2016 J. Paul Getty Trust

Trompe l'oeil Painting Workshop

Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
In ancient Rome, faux painting was used to capture the distinctive and varied patterns of marble as exterior and interior frescoes. Join artist Elmira Adamian for a daylong workshop to learn trompe l'oeil ("trick the eye") painting techniques that imitate the appearance of polished marble. Tour the galleries of the Getty Villa and return to the studio for painting exercises. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  Statuette of a seated woman Statuette of a seated woman, 600 - 575 B.C., Greek. Terracotta. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Clay Statuettes

Sunday, May 15, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Terracotta figurines were produced throughout Greece and were especially popular in the central region of Boeotia. Boeotian artisans preferred female figures, either mortal women or goddesses, and frequently left these figurines as dedications to the divinities in religious sanctuaries. Join artist Elmira Adamian for a tour of the small terracotta figurines at the Getty Villa, then create and decorate a statuette using self-hardening clay. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  Drawing from Antiquity students in action. Drawing from Antiquity students in action.

Drawing from Antiquity

Saturdays, May 21 and June 18, 11:00 a.m. | The Getty Villa
Discover this historical tradition of drawing from ancient works of art and architecture in this free, 1.5 hour program. During the May 21st session, find inspiration from nature through sketching in the gardens of the Getty Villa, while on June 18th practice blind contour drawing techniques to hone your skills of observation. Free; sign-up begins 15 minutes before the program at the Tour Meeting Place. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. An advance timed-entry ticket is required to visit the Villa.

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  Fresco Painting

Introduction to Fresco Painting

Sunday, June 5 and 12, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Join fresco master iLia Anossov for a hands-on introduction to the art of painting on fresh plaster. The two-day workshop explores plaster preparation, cartoon-making and transfer methods, raw pigments, and painting techniques through lecture, demonstration, and studio practice. Each participant completes a buon fresco tile. Course fee $235 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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Roman Mosaics in the J. Paul Getty Museum

This free online catalogue highlights all of the Roman mosaics in the collection of the Getty Museum, presenting their brilliance in new color photography as well as the contexts of their discovery and excavation. In their time, these works of art transformed entire rooms into spectacular settings of vibrant color, figural imagery, and abstract design. This digital publication, available in multiple digital formats, is edited by Villa curator Alexis Belis, and includes an introduction by Christine Kondoleon and contributions by Nicole Budrovich, Kenneth Lapatin, and Sean Leatherbury.

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  Photo by Yevgenia Watts, LA 025, 2006. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.


Go Mad for Mosaics!

In conjunction with the exhibition Roman Mosaics Across the Empire, we're celebrating the mosaic treasures in our own community—many of which, as public art pieces, have become so familiar they go unnoticed. For inspiration, there are the proud favorites: the Millard Owen Sheets's Beverly Hills historic landmark, El Camino Real, the Long Beach Airport's recently uncovered (after decades under carpet!) stunning floor mosaics byWPA artist Grace Clements, and the celebrated Watts Towers.

If you see a mosaic that strikes you, please snap and post your pictures, using the hashtag #MosaicMadness. Your photo may even be featured on the Getty Museum's Twitter or Instagram account!

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