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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The French Collection
How and why does one collect historical French art in 21st-century America? Distinguished Los Angeles private collectors join Getty drawings curators for a lively roundtable discussion about the motivations, pleasures, and difficulties—personal and professional—of sourcing, selecting, acquiring, and displaying works of art, whether in the context of a public museum or in that of a private collection.
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Performing Persia: Cultural Exchange and Visual Power in Aeschylus's Persians
Centered on the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C., Aeschylus's play tells of Greek victory over the Persians and the impact on an imagined Persian court. Rebecca Kennedy of Denison University examines the complex historical and dramatic context of this Greek tragedy, considering its potential reception by a diverse ancient audience. Free; a ticket is required.
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Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages
Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, explains the biomolecular archaeological approach behind the discovery of some of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world.
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