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Works in Dialogue

Explore art in depth with Works in Dialogue, a series of gallery courses at the Getty Center that provides a close look at works of art in the permanent collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum as well as temporary loans that enliven the "dialogue" among paintings in the collection.

Most recently in the series:

Ovid's Abduction of Europa: Three Baroque Perspectives

Date: Friday, February 13, 2009
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and Museum galleries
Admission: $15. Open to 110 participants.

Explore how three of the greatest Old Masters of European painting depicted a classic, and erotic, tale by Roman poet Ovid.

Ovid's Metamorphoses is a series of darkly erotic poems written in the first century A.D. about the loves of the gods and the transformation of their human lovers into animals and plants. Renaissance and Baroque painters vied with one another to transform its verses into vivid images of love and intrigue.

This course investigates three portrayals currently on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center of one of Ovid's most popular tales, the abduction of the princess Europa by the god Jupiter disguised as a bull. Painted within a 15-year period by three of greatest painters of the 17th century—Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Lorrain, and Guido Reni—these works are among the most engaging history paintings of the period.

The afternoon begins with a thought-provoking lecture by Anne Woollett, associate curator of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She explores the similarities and differences among these highly inventive artistic responses to Ovid's poem and discusses the influence of the cities in which they were painted—Amsterdam, Rome, and Bologna.

Following the lecture, gallery teachers lead groups into the galleries to view and discuss the paintings in further detail.

Abduction of Europa / Rembrandt

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