The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Saint George
In the Middle Ages, Byzantine objects served purposes that ranged from utilitarian to devotional. Renaissance collectors displayed Byzantine works to suggest their high artistic value, but the full appreciation of the artifacts in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections depends upon the Modernist revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries. Art historian Robert Nelson of Yale University discusses how Byzantine collections evolved during these periods.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the symposium Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece's Byzantium at the Getty Villa May 2 and at St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles on May 3, 2014.

About Robert Nelson
Robert Nelson teaches Medieval art, mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean, at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. He was the co-curator of the exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2006-2007. Current projects involve the history of the Greek lectionary, the social lives of illuminated Greek manuscripts in Byzantium and their reception in Renaissance Italy, and the collecting of Byzantine art in twentieth-century Europe and America. The latter takes the form of the editing with James Carder of the Tyler-Bliss papers, the first part of which has just appeared online through Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C.

Planning your visit
The Auditorium at the Getty Villa opens at 7:00 p.m. and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.