Museum Home Past Exhibitions Images of Violence in the Medieval World

December 21, 2004–March 13, 2005 at the Getty Center


All events are free and are held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and further information, please call (310) 440-7300.


A World Surrounded by Monsters: Terror and Violence in the Middle Ages
Using dramatic first-hand stories from court records, coroner's reports, and literary sources, filmmaker and author Michael Wood explores violence in England in the Middle Ages. Wood looks at the state's efforts to contain violence in society, which he asserts is one of the central themes in the history of Western civilization. Widely recognized by viewers of public television and the BBC, Wood has produced films that range in topic from history and culture to travel and archeology.

Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 4:00 p.m.

Point-of-View Talks

Talks are held at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Artist Tom Knechtel, who depicts humans and animals in his narrative paintings, discusses the medieval manuscript from a contemporary perspective.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Curator's Gallery Talks

Elizabeth Morrison, Associate Curator of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, gives a one-hour talk on the exhibition. Held in the Museum galleries. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Friday, January 21, 2005, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, March 4, 2005, 3:00 p.m.

Crucifixion / German, 1475 - 1500

Film Series

Savage Cinema: The Violent Poetry of War on Film
Three films selected by Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan explore cinematic portrayals of violence in war from the Middle Ages to modern times.

Henry V (1944), 138 min., directed by Laurence Olivier.
Friday, February 4, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

Culloden (1964), 95 min., directed by Peter Watkins.
Saturday, February 5, 2005, 3:00 p.m.

Paths of Glory (1957), 87 min., directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Saturday, February 5, 2005, 7:30 p.m.