Bacchus Uncorked: Wine and the Senses


The Getty Villa

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The owner of the luxurious Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum collected the works of Epicurean philosopher Philodemus. Epicureans believed that we should savor the moment and be content with simple pleasures. Join philosopher Barry Smith for a sensory experience inspired by an Epicurean view of life in a Roman villa. Smith engages the mind and senses in a talk and wine tasting that bridges ancient philosophy and modern neuroscience. Enjoy a summer’s evening discovering art, sipping wine, and enjoying the scents and sounds of the Villa’s garden spaces.

Tickets: $75, includes wine and appetizers; complimentary parking. 21 and over.

This program is inspired by the Villa dei Papiri, the ancient model for the Getty Villa and the subject of the exhibition Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri on view through October 28. Generous support provided by the J. Paul Getty Museum's Villa Council.

Barry C. Smith is director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London's School of Advanced Study. He is also the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Senses, which pioneers collaborative links between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists. He is a philosopher of mind and language and his current research is on the multisensory interactions between flavor, taste and smell. He served as editor of Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine (2007) and is a frequent contributor to The World of Fine Wine and the wine columnist for Prospect magazine.

Learn about additional Bacchus Uncorked programs:
August 3: Bacchus Uncorked: Villas and Vineyards

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. Check-in opens one hour to program start time in the auditorium lobby, and seating in the auditorium opens 30 minutes prior. This is a general admission program and seating is open. The Cafe 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. The exhibition Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri will be open for viewing after the lecture to program guests. Wine tasting takes place in partially-covered outdoor spaces; please dress accordingly. Click here for more information.

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