Museum Home Past Exhibitions Drawing the Classical Figure

December 23, 2008–March 8, 2009 at the Getty Center


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Join artist-in-residence Aaron Smith in the Sketching Gallery and explore drawing the classical figure from a contemporary perspective. Free; no reservations required.

January 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2009, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2009, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Getty Center, Sketching Gallery

Learn more about the Sketching Gallery.

Gallery Course

The "Myth" of Venus: Alluring Seductress or Allegorical Muse
Become enamored by the goddess Venus in this four-hour gallery course dedicated to her many guises from the Renaissance to the present day. This course raises questions about beauty, sexual love, and the dichotomy of pure virgin and provocative femme fatale. Course fee $20.

Saturday, February 14, 2009, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Why have so many artists drawn the human figure based on masterpieces from antiquity? Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall and learn the many reasons why.

The Toilet of Venus / Heintz


Curator's Gallery Talks
Stephanie Schrader, associate curator of Drawings, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Free; no reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Point-of-View: Artist Talk
Painter Aaron Smith, who mines the depths of art history for images that correspond to current issues of indentity, discusses the contemporary relevance of works in the exhibition. Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 1:00 p.m. the day of the talk.

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries