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May 6–July 27, 2008 at the Getty Center


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Film Series

Imagining Christ: Three Wise Films
Whether allegorical, speculative, or fodder for parody, filmmakers have looked to the Christ story for both inspiration and for a leading protagonist. The three films in this series do not cast a literal Christ, but rather have Christ figures who encounter contemporary parallels. Presented in cooperation with the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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Curator's Gallery Talk

Kristen Collins, associate curator of manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.

Free; no reservations required.

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Point-of-View Artist Talks

Father Patrick of Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery, an icon painter, explores medieval and Renaissance depictions of Christ and the role Christ's image plays in expressing complex religious concepts.

Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 3:00 p.m. the day of the talks.

Friday, May 23, 2008, 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Hear curators describe the many ways in which Christ and his influence are depicted in medieval manuscripts. Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Bishop Engilmar Celebrating Mass / German

audio Audio: Hear how Christ was made present in medieval manuscripts and ritual.

Panel Discussion

Imagining Christ: Intersections of Art and Theology
Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor at UC Irvine and author of God: A Biography, leads a discussion with artists and scholars about images of Christ and their relationship to art history and theology. Participants include sculptor Simon Toparovsky, who created the bronze crucifix for the main altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles; Father Patrick, director of the traditional icon painting workshop at Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery; and film critic Eric David.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Visit Images


The Face of the Christ
Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, begins with an historical overview of the visual representation of Christ, from its earliest references in the 3rd century to its full realization in the 6th century and into what we recognize today as the iconic image of Jesus. He then reviews the way in which the iconic faces of Jesus have functioned, both within the societies that created them as well as in societies of today. He concludes by exploring the ways different cultures and people have adapted the iconic image of Christ to their needs.

Thursday, May 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium