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November 13, 2007–January 27, 2008 at the Getty Center


All events are free unless otherwise noted. For information and to sign up for courses, please call (310) 440-7300.


Curator's Gallery Talk
Elizabeth Morrison, associate curator, Department of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Free; no reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Courses and Demonstrations

Studio Course: Miniature Painting
Exquisite miniature paintings adorn the pages of illuminated manuscripts. Join artist Sylvana Barrett for this two-part workshop and learn about medieval pigments and historic painting techniques. Then make your own paint and create a miniature painting on handmade goatskin parchment. Course fee $65; $50 students. Open to 25 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

Tuesdays, November 6 and 13, 2007, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, December 4 and 11, 2007, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, January 15 and 22, 2008, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Artist-at-Work: Manuscript Illumination
Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the art of manuscript illumination using traditional materials and techniques from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free; no reservations required.

Thursdays, November 1, 2007–January 17, 2008, 1:00–2:00 p.m. (Gilding) and 2:00–3:00 p.m. (Painting)
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Initial B / Flemish

audio Curator Elizabeth Morrison describes the dramatic scenes in this initial B.

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Hear curators describe the meaning and uses of these manuscripts. Pick up an audio player for $5 in the Museum Entrance Hall.