Statue of a Mourning Woman, 300-275 B.C., Unknown. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Drawing from Antiquity: Hands


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Take part in the centuries-old tradition of sketching from ancient works by drawing from the Museum’s collection and sights at the Getty Villa. In ancient art, hand gestures often signaled a person’s emotions and intentions, and divinities were usually identifiable by symbols held in their hands. Explore the galleries to discover meaning behind hands depicted in sculpture and vase painting, then analyze curves, planes, and joints and practice drawing hands as shapes and forms. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place. This is a free program.

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