The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Hades abducting Persephone
 
Recently excavated aristocratic tombs in Macedonia (northern Greece) preserve rare examples of Greek wall painting from the late classical and early Hellenistic periods, around 350-200 B.C. Art historian Olga Palagia surveys the imagery of these frescoes and their relation to Macedonian society. She examines painting techniques and evaluates ancient literary sources that attribute various innovations to artists that were active in the lifetime and perhaps in the court of Alexander the Great.

About Olga Palagia
Olga Palagia is professor of classical archaeology at the University of Athens, Greece, and specializes in Greek sculpture and Macedonian painting. She studied at the University of Athens as well as at Oxford University, England where she earned her doctorate degree in philosophy. She is an honorary member of the Archaeological Institute of America and of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies in London, a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London. She has published monographs on the Greek sculptor Euphranor and on the pediments of the Parthenon, and has edited several volumes of conference proceedings and essays. Among her most recently edited books are Greek Sculpture: Function, Material, and Techniques in the Archaic and Classical Periods, and Art in Athens during the Peloponnesian War (Cambridge University Press). She is currently preparing a handbook of Macedonian painting.

This lecture is presented with support from the University of Southern California's Department of Art History.

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 and Museum Store 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.