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October 4, 2005–February 5, 2006 at the Getty Center


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Gordon Getty Concert
Fortuna Desperata
The Hilliard Ensemble is one of the world's foremost vocal chamber ensembles. Their distinctive style and highly developed musicianship engage the listener in a ravishing program of Renaissance songs and madrigals from Alfonso d'Avalos's time, including works from a book of motets dedicated to him and a madrigal that features his poetry. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
Harold Williams Auditorium

Gallery Course

A Closer Look: Titian's Portraits of Alfonso d'Avalos
Elliott Kai-Kee, education specialist, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads this two-part gallery course focusing on the way Titian constructs—and the way we reconstruct—the images of his portrait subject. Course fee $20; limited to 20 participants.

Thursdays, November 3 and 10, 2005, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Museum galleries

Allocution of Alfonso d'Avalos / Titian


Titian's Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos in Its Political and Artistic Context
Joanna Woods-Marsden, professor of art history, UCLA, will discuss how the Getty portrait relates to other Renaissance likenesses of aristocrats who chose to be represented wearing armor. The lecture also addresses how Titian's depiction of the qualities of dominance, virility, and potency reflect the notions of masculine identity in Renaissance Europe. Free; reservations required.

Sunday, January 8, 2006, 4:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall