The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

 
The coinage of Sicily was abundant and of a quality unparalleled in the ancient Greek world. Classical archaeologist and numismatist Carmen Arnold-Biucchi of Harvard University presents coins as works of art rather than simply monetary instruments. Individual engravers' hands can be detected already in the late archaic period (ca. 485 B.C.), and in the last decades of the fifth century artists actually signed the dies they cut, a uniquely Sicilian and South Italian phenomenon. The designs on the coins also tell stories about local myths and customs, and provide a glimpse of the island's landscape and history not attested elsewhere.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome on view at the Getty Villa April 3 through August 19, 2013.

About Carmen Arnold-Biucchi
Carmen Arnold-Biucchi was trained as a classical archaeologist at the Universities of Fribourg, Switzerland and Heidelberg, Germany. She is the Damarete Curator of Ancient Coins at the Harvard Art Museums and Lecturer on the Classics. Previously she worked for the Editorial Center of the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC) in Basel, Switzerland. For many years she was the Margaret Thompson curator of Greek coins at The American Numismatic Society in New York. Her publications include entries for the LIMC, articles on Sicilian and Hellenistic numismatics, The Randazzo Hoard 1980 and Sicilian Chronology (Numismatic Studies 18, New York 1990), and Alexander's Coins and Alexander's Image (Cambridge, MA 2006).

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.


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.