The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

Archaeologist John Dobbins explains how advanced technology is helping art historians and architects better understand the most famous mosaic to survive from antiquity, The Alexander Mosaic at Pompeii. Found in the House of the Faun, a lavish home for a Roman elite family, this highly detailed mosaic pavement depicting a battle between King Darius III and Alexander the Great was meant to impress. Dobbins and his colleague Ethan Gruber use a 3-D model, including a lighting package set for the year 100 B.C., to illustrate the peculiar architectural features and ancient viewing conditions that existed at the House, and the ways visitors may have discovered and engaged with this spectacular piece. This program is co-presented with the Archaeological Institute of America and the Ahmanson Foundation.

This program is co-presented with the Archaeological Institute of America and the Ahmanson Foundation

About John Dobbins
John Dobbins is the Richard A. & Sara Page Mayo NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He specializes in ancient Roman art, archaeology, architecture, and urbanism. He is the director of the Pompeii Forum Project, an interdisciplinary project that has been rewriting the history of the forum in Pompeii, and is a field archaeologist who has excavated in Spain, Italy, Greece, Syria, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Dobbins is also a student of the houses and mosaics of Antioch (now Antakya, Turkey), the capital of the Roman province of Syria.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 1:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until 5:00 p.m. Please note that some galleries are currently closed as we reinstall the collection in a new presentation. Click here for details.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.