Artist Peter Zokosky leads participants at a past Getty Drawing Hour
The J. Paul Getty Museum offers a wide range of courses and demonstrations at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

Programs at the Getty Center focus on European art from the Middle Ages to today; programs at the Getty Villa explore the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

We offer a range of gallery courses, courses, culinary programs, and artist demonstrations and projects throughout the year.

Event Highlights

All upcoming courses and demonstrations are listed on our event calendar. Featured upcoming events:

At the Getty Center

The Taste of Temptation: Aphrodisiacs in the Renaissance

January 27, 2019,
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and Getty Restaurant

Tickets $55 or $65 with hypocras/mead pairing (21 and over for pairing option) Complimentary parking

Chefs in the Renaissance era were fascinated by ingredients that could arouse the libido, heighten pleasure and lead eventually to conception. In this talk food historian and author Ken Albala will unravel the logic of Renaissance aphrodisiacs, delving into herbal lore, nutritional theory, and folk medicine. (He will also explore why not being turned-on by food was an equally important topic!). Following the talk, indulge in food and drink inspired by historical recipes (and filled with amorous ingredients) at the Getty Restaurant. Complements The Renaissance Nude exhibition.

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At the Getty Villa

Powerful Protectors: Magic in the Roman World

February 2, February 9, March 2, and April 13, 2019,
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Education Courtyard

Free; no reservation required.

Through magical chants and special objects, ancient Romans harnessed the forces of nature and asked supernatural beings to bring good fortune and protection. In this interactive family workshop, customize a personal power pouch and join actress Beth Kennedy for theatrical play to activate the magic!

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