Museum Home Past Exhibitions A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII

October 18, 2005–January 8, 2006 at the Getty Center


All events are free, unless otherwise noted. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or use the Make Reservation buttons below. Tickets are available on-site or by phone.


The Manuscript Painting Techniques of Jean Bourdichon
Nancy Turner, Associate Conservator, Department of Paper Conservation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, discusses Jean Bourdichon's painting techniques based on close study of the Hours of Louis XII and compares these techniques to those of his probable mentor, Jean Fouquet, and of his contemporary rival, Jean Poyet. Seating reservations are required.

Thursday, December 1, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the art of manuscript illumination using traditional materials and techniques from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. When demonstrations are not in progress, visitors can watch a video showing the process of making a manuscript.

Thursdays and Sundays from October 20, 2005–January 8, 2006 (excluding November 24, December 25, and January 1)
1:00–2:00 p.m. Gilding
2:00–3:00 p.m. Painting

Exhibitions Pavilion

Louis XII of France (detail) / Bourdichon

Curator's Gallery Talk

Thomas Kren, Curator of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursday, December 15, 2:30 p.m.
Museum Galleries

Studio Course

Manuscript Illumination
Medieval and Renaissance artists illuminated sumptuous manuscripts with brilliant pigments and gold. Explore traditional materials and techniques with artists Sylvana Barrett and Jaime Ursic and create a small illuminated page in this two-session workshop. No experience necessary. Course fee $65; $50 students. Limited to 25 participants.

Please call for reservations.

Tuesdays, November 8 & 15, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, December 6 & 13, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Reservations available Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m. for November courses; and Wednesday, November 23 at 9:00 a.m. for December courses.

Museum Studios