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Assemblage of 13 funerary vessels, South Italian, from Ceglie del Campo, Apulia, 375-310 B.C., terracotta. Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, VL.2008.3-.6, VEX.2014.3.1-.9

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  volute krater Volute krater with Herakles slaying Geryon and the Calydonian Boar Hunt (recto); Medea, Jason and the Argonauts and Bellerophon and the Chimaera (verso), 340–310 B.C., attributed to the Phrixos Group, terracotta. Photo: Johannes Laurentius. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung

Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

Through May 11, 2015 | The Getty Villa
Following a six-year conservation at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, 13 elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy. Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of 19th-century Naples, restored these monumental vases to what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection" as such interventions could be so effective it became difficult to identify what was ancient and what was modern.

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  Pitcher Pitcher with Scenes from the Trojan War, 1–100. Silver and gold. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris

Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

Through August 17, 2015 | The Getty Villa
Discovered by a French farmer in 1830, the spectacular hoard of ancient silver known as the Berthouville Treasure contains some of the finest Roman silver to survive from antiquity. The opulent cache is presented after four years of conservation at the Getty Villa together with precious gems, jewelry, and other Roman luxury objects.

This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. Generous support was provided by the Getty Museum's Villa Council.

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Also on view

Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity


  Aerial view of excavation at Ayios Vasileios west of Sparta in the Peloponnese, Greece.

Excavating a Mycenaean Palace near Sparta

Wednesday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
A Bronze Age settlement was recently discovered at the site of Ayios Vasileios near Sparta, Greece. Excavation director Adamantia Vasilogamvrou shares the extraordinary finds at the site, including an archive of tablets in Linear B, the written language of the 14th-century-B.C. Mycenaeans. This excavation was awarded honorable distinction in 2013 by the international Shanghai Archaeology Forum. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Seated Statue of Hatshepsut, from Egypt, Upper Egypt, ca. 1479–1458 B.C., indurated limestone and paint. 76 3/4 x 19 5/16 x 44 7/8 in. Rogers Fund, 1929, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 29.3.2,

Hatshepsut: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt

Wednesday, January 28, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
Almost no evidence for successful, long-term female leaders exists from the ancient world. Only the female king of Egypt, Hatshepsut, was able to assume formal power for a considerable time, and even she had to share power with a male ruler. Egyptologist Kara Cooney sifts through the ample evidence for Hatshepsut's reign in an attempt to find the woman behind the statues and monuments. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Classical Statuary (detail), Théodore Géricault . French, about 1814- 1815, graphite, pen and brown ink, and brown wash. J. Paul Getty Museum

Pen and Ink Wash Workshop

Sunday, January 11, 1:00-4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for a tour and observational drawing exercises in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. Return to the studio to continue your drawings with pen and ink wash. Fee: $45

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Drawing from Antiquity: Archaic Body

Saturday, January 17, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Museum galleries
Draw from an Archaic kouros in the Museum collection and learn about the system of proportion used to create this male figure sculpture. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Free.

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  Sarcophagus with Scenes of Bacchus, Rome, A.D. 210–220, marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Stories for the Roman Dead

Saturday, January 24, 1:00–4:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Roman stone sarcophagi (meaning "flesh-eaters" in ancient Greek) were coffins decorated with elaborate narratives of daily life and myth. Explore Roman burial customs and imagery with educator Eric Bruehl, then tour the galleries to examine funerary reliefs. Fee: $35

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The Berthouville Silver Treasure and Roman Luxury

Edited by Kenneth Lapatin
This sumptuously illustrated volume is published to accompany the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville on view through August 17, 2015. It presents the highlights of the treasure and other Roman luxury arts from the royal collections of the Cabinet des médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France—including precious gems, jewelry, gold coins, and colored marbles—and contextualizes them in a series of elucidating essays.

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Enduring Bronze: Ancient Art, Modern Views

Carol C. Mattusch
Enduring Bronze, richly illustrated with works from the J. Paul Getty Museum and other important collections, considers bronze throughout its long history, exploring its enormous appeal from antiquity to the present day. The book discusses the many roles bronze objects played in ancient Greece and Rome and analyzes discoveries made at ancient foundries and by contemporary scientists. It also examines references to bronze in mythology, Pliny's histories, and other classical texts, as well as representations on vases and other artworks.

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