The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, April 18 & Friday, April 19, 2019
Time: Thursday, 2:00–6:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. followed by reception
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

Man with Camel
Located at an oasis in the Syrian desert, the ancient caravan city of Palmyra, a significant point of contact between the Roman and Parthian empires, has long been the focus of studies of cross-cultural encounters. It was a locus of the movement of goods, peoples, and ideas between the Mediterranean and the Near East, India, and even China.

Most work on the site has focused either on the distinctive cultural mix of Palmyran art, architecture, religion, and society or the city's relations with Rome and the West. Palmyra's links to the East have been less fully explored.

This symposium, co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Palmyra Portrait Project (Aarhus University, Denmark), with support from the Carlsberg Foundation, seeks to address that lacuna. Experts from diverse disciplines will address a variety of topics, ranging from Palmyra's position on the silk roads, its languages and inscriptions, politics and religion, to its distinctive funerary art, which is the subject of Palmyra: Loss & Remembrance, the inaugural exhibition in the Getty Villa's "Classical World in Context" series, on display until May 27, 2019.

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. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until 5:00 p.m. Get additional information about planning your visit.

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.