Gay Block, Jo Ann Callis, and Catherine Opie on stage at the Getty Center
Hear from scholars, artists, and critics offering diverse perspectives and provocative interpretations about art on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa and about important issues in the visual arts and related disciplines.

Programs range from lectures for a general audience to seminars and symposia with a scholarly focus. We also offer a wide range of lecture and conversation series.

Programs at the Getty Villa explore the art and culture of the ancient Mediterranean from the perspectives of experts in a variety of fields, including art history, archaeology, classics, and conservation.

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At the Getty Center


Pontormo: Portraiture in an Age of Anxiety
Wednesday, March 27, 2019,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; ticket required.

Paintings curator Davide Gasparotto discusses the work of Jacopo da Pontormo (1494–1557), one of the most imaginative Florentine painters and draftsman of the Renaissance. Pontormo executed some of his most memorable portraits, among them the celebrated Halberdier in the Getty's collection, at the end of the 1520's when Florence was experiencing an era of turmoil. Gasparotto considers Pontormo's relation with his sitters and offers new insights into the artist's distinctive contribution to the history of portraiture.

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At the Getty Villa


Comedy & Public Embarrassment in Ancient Rome
Sunday, March 31, 2019,
3:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Celebrate April Fools' Day with an examination of "funny," Roman-style. Scholar Amy Richlin explores what made Romans laugh and how joking and public performance amused, united, and embarrassed different levels of society. In a culture with very different ideas of political correctness, what was considered funny? And why? This talk contains content that may not be suitable for young children; parental discretion is advised.

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