Museum Home Current Exhibitions Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200–1350

December 13, 2011–February 26, 2012 and
February 28, 2012–May 13, 2012 at the Getty Center


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English Thirteenth-Century Illustrated Apocalypses: Context and Readership
Nigel Morgan, emeritus professor of the history of art, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, examines why illustrated Apocalypse manuscripts were so popular in 13th-century England, who owned and read them, and how readers interpreted the texts and pictures.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 3:00pm
Getty Center, Research Institute Lecture Hall


The Outer Limits: Marginal Illustrations in Gothic Manuscripts
Whether monstrous, grotesque, parodic, chivalric, or religious in theme, marginal images are considered by Lucy Freeman Sandler, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History, emerita, at New York University, as deeply characteristic of the medieval view of the world.

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7:30pm
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Studio Courses

Culinary Workshop: Gothic Desserts

Discover the world of Gothic art and cuisine with educators Nancy Real and Robin Trento. Participants tour the exhibition, prepare a banquet of historic desserts once enjoyed by the medieval courts of Europe, and savor the sweet rewards of their labors during a class tasting.

Course fee $75. Open to 20 participants.

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 1:00–4:30 p.m.
Course repeats Friday, March 2, 2012.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room
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The Exquisite Page: Gold Gilding for Paper and Parchment

Shimmering gold embellishments enhanced Gothic manuscripts, propelling the ancient art of gilding to elegant, new heights. Learn about this medium in an in-depth workshop with artist Sylvana Barrett. Participants explore a variety of materials and techniques while working on both historic parchment and modern paper surfaces.

Course fee $135 (includes materials and lunch).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Course repeats Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
Museum Studios
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Artist-at-Work Demonstration

Demonstration: Visions of Gold, the Fine Art of Gilding Demonstration

Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the fine art of gold gilding used to create the lavish embellishments found in European manuscripts and panel paintings of the Middle Ages.

Sundays, February 5 & 19, March 4 & 18,
April 1 & 15, May 6, 20, & 27, 2012.
Museum Studios

The Dragon Pursues the Woman Clothed in the Sun, (detail), in Getty Apocalypse


Curators' Gallery Talks

Elizabeth Morrison, curator of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
Repeats February 8, March 14, and April 11, 2012 at 2:30pm.

Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Christopher Platts, department of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
Repeats February 15, March 21, and April 18, 2012 at 2:30pm.

Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.


Gordon Getty Concert: Rose Ensemble Presents Gothic Voices

Led by artistic director Jordan Sramek, this award-winning ensemble celebrates the glorious variety of European Gothic music from the 12th to the 14th centuries to complement the exhibition. Built on research from the Museum's manuscripts collection that illuminates centuries of rarely performed vocal repertoire and a fascinating array of languages and instruments, the evening also features a newly commissioned work by composer and founding Rose Ensemble member, Linda Kachelmeier.

Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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GettyGuide® Multimedia Player

From star-crossed lovers to a seven-headed dragon, listen to the stories behind selected Gothic images. Pick up an iPod Touch in the Museum Entrance Hall.