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Summer Renaissance Fun at the Getty

Family Festival, Expert Talks, Performances, and Special Events Surround the Getty Summer Premiere Presentation Illuminating the Renaissance

June 19, 2003

Los Angeles–From a family festival to informative talks and lively performances, a host of special "Illuminating Events" surround the Getty Summer Premiere Presentation Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe, which is on display at the Getty through September 7, 2003. Some of the most stunning works of Renaissance art were the manuscript paintings made by Flemish illuminators, who transformed the appearance of the illustrated page with a new naturalism and scintillating details. This international exhibition, featuring more than 130 manuscripts, paintings, and drawings from dozens of collections worldwide, is the first comprehensive look at the greatest epoch in Flemish illumination.

RENAISSANCE EVENTS FOR FAMILIES

"Musical Superheroes" Family Music Concert - Saturday, June 28
2 p.m. Harold M. Williams Auditorium FREE
(Reservations required, 310-440-7300 or online at www.getty.edu)
The acclaimed early-music ensemble Musica Angelica performs a concert especially for children, complete with colorful costumes and wacky props. Sing along with songs that salute legendary gods and heroes like Apollo and Hercules. Ancient Greek and Roman myths were much admired in Renaissance Europe, and children will learn about these tales while enjoying authentic period music.

Renaissance Family Festival - Saturday, August 2
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Museum Courtyard  FREE
The Renaissance comes to life at the Getty in all its pageantry and finery. Kids can draw inspiration from the great Flemish and Florentine masters as they create their own works of art. It's a full day of family fun, with live music, dance, theater, colorful costumes, and interactive workshops. Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Illuminating the Renaissance and Picturing the Natural World.

RENAISSANCE PERFORMANCES, LECTURES, AND MORE

Lecture: Burgundian Rulers, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts, and a Fresh Perspective on the Renaissance - Thursday, June 26
7 p.m. Harold M. Williams Auditorium  FREE
(Reservations required, 310-440-7300 or online at www.getty.edu)
Thomas Kren, the J. Paul Getty Museum's curator of manuscripts, looks at the artists and powerful patrons who helped create a new style of Flemish manuscript illumination. The style began in the 1470s and remained popular across Europe for the next 90 years. The exhibition Illuminating the Renaissance will remain open until 9 p.m. for this event.

Curator's Gallery Talk - Friday, June 27
1:30 p.m. Exhibitions Pavilion; FREE
(Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at noon)
Richard Gay, assistant curator, Getty department of manuscripts, will give a one-hour talk on the exhibition Illuminating the Renaissance.

Gordon Getty Concert Series: Musica Angelica - Saturday, June 28
8 p.m. Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Tickets: $20 ($15 students and seniors); call 310-440-7300
The noted L.A.-based early-music ensemble Musica Angelica performs a concert entitled "Sounds of the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Polyphony," featuring the works of composers Josquin des Prez, Guillaume Dufay, Jacob Obrecht, Adrian Willaert, and Cipriano da Rore, among others. Period instruments such as flutes, organ, spinet, lutes, viola da gamba, and hurdy-gurdy will be heard, as well as a chamber choir.

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations
Thursdays: July 10, 17, 24, and 31, and August 7
Sundays: July 13, 20, and 27, and August 3 and 10

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Museum Courtyard  FREE
Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the art of manuscript illumination, complete with handmade vellum and parchment, gold leaf, and pigments blended from precious materials such as lapis lazuli.

Curator's Gallery Talk - Friday, July 11
1:30 p.m. Exhibitions Pavilion  FREE
(Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at noon)
Thomas Kren, curator, Getty department of manuscripts, will give a one-hour talk on the exhibition Illuminating the Renaissance.

Lecture: A Taste for Flanders: Manuscript Illumination and the English Elite - Thursday, July 24
7 p.m. Harold M. Williams Auditorium  FREE
(Reservations required, 310-440-7300 or online at www.getty.edu)
Janet Backhouse, former curator of illuminated manuscripts at The British Library, London, discusses the role of English patronage in the development of Flemish illumination, how it spurred the production of manuscripts in Flanders and influenced collecting practices in England. The exhibition Illuminating the Renaissance will remain open until 9 p.m. for this event.

Point-of-View Talk - Friday, July 25
6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Exhibitions Pavilion  FREE
(Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.)
Contemporary artist Tom Knechtel discusses how Flemish artists captured a sense of daily life during the Renaissance in their works.

Lecture: Illuminating Dress at the Burgundian and Hapsburg Courts - Thursday, August 7
7 p.m. Harold M. Williams Auditorium  FREE
(Reservations required, 310-440-7300 or online at www.getty.edu)
Margaret Scott, head of history of dress, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, discusses aspects of fashionable dress at the Burgundian and Hapsburg courts during the Renaissance, as well as ways in which dress in manuscript illuminations could link the present to the glorious past for readers of histories and romances. The exhibition Illuminating the Renaissance will remain open until 9 p.m. for this event.

Curator's Gallery Talk - Friday, August 8
1:30 p.m. Exhibitions Pavilion  FREE
(Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at noon)
Elizabeth Morrison, assistant curator, Getty department of manuscripts, will give a one-hour talk on the exhibition Illuminating the Renaissance.

Curator's Gallery Talk - Thursday, August 14
1:30 p.m. Exhibitions Pavilion  FREE
(Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at noon)
A one-hour talk on Illuminating the Renaissance will be given by Scot McKendrick, curator of manuscripts at the British Library and co-organizer of the exhibition.

Point-of-View Talk - Friday, August 22
6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Exhibitions Pavilion  FREE
(Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.)
Los Angeles Timesfilm critic Kenneth Turan speaks about the "proto-cinematic" qualities of Flemish manuscripts.

RELATED RENAISSANCE EXHIBITIONS

The Making of a Medieval Book - Through September 28, 2003
Museum, North Pavilion  FREE
Both children and adults will enjoy this fascinating exhibition, which shows how medieval and Renaissance craftsmen and artists created colorful, amazingly detailed illuminated manuscripts. The exhibition showcases how parchment and vellum were made from calf and goat skins, how calligraphers wrote elaborate lettering with quill pens, and how brilliant pigments were made from such precious materials as saffron and lapis lazuli.

Picturing Natural World - Through September 7, 2003
Museum, North Pavilion  FREE
This exhibition focuses on the 16th-century manuscript Mira calligraphiae monumenta (Model Book of Calligraphy), a brilliant and inventive example of the period's interest in representing every detail of the natural world. From plants and insects to water life and mammals, the pages of this amazing book abound with expressive and astonishingly realistic creatures.

AUDIOGUIDE
Hear more about the exhibition with the Museum's Audioguide, available for rental ($3) in the Entrance Hall.

ON THE WEB
Explore the extraordinary beauty of selected Illuminating the Renaissance manuscripts at www.getty.edu. Examine the color and intricacy of the books up close, using state-of-the-art Web technology that lets you zoom in on tiny details.

For more information about any of the events or exhibitions listed, please call 310-440-7360.

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