Ever wonder what it would be like to take a museum object out of its case for a closer look? Try the next best thing! Join an educator on select days at the Getty Villa and handle replica objects along with the materials and tools that ancient artists used to create the works of art on display in the galleries.
Mosaic of A Lion Attacking an Onager (detail), Roman (Tunisia), late 2nd century. Stone and glass tesserae. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Date: Thursdays and Fridays, through September 9, 2016 Time: 11:00 a.m.-noon Location: Getty Villa: Reading Room Admission: Free
How were mosaics created from pieces of stone and glass? Learn how these intricate architectural decorations were made in this multisensory handling session. Touch tools and materials similar to those used by ancient mosaicists, including tesserae, slaked lime, marble dust, and nippers. Complements the exhibition Roman Mosaics Across the Empire. This is a free, drop-in program.
Mummy Portrait of a Woman, Attributed to the (namepiece) Isidora Master, Romano-Egyptian. Encaustic on wood; gilt; linen. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Date: Thursdays and Fridays, through March 25, 2016 Time: 11:00 a.m.-noon Location: Getty Villa: Reading Room Admission: Free
How were mummy portraits painted in Roman Egypt? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Explore tools and materials similar to those used by ancient artists, ranging from pigments to beeswax, and discover the tempera and encaustic painting techniques used to create these unique portraits. This is a free, drop-in program.
How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.