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Gallery courses provide immersion into French landscape painting, German manuscripts and opera, the goddess Venus, and the Abduction of Europa

November 17, 2008

This winter, bask in the warmth of fine art with the J. Paul Getty Museum’s gallery courses for adults.  The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center offers four courses providing in-depth and fascinating insight into the permanent collection.  Bring a friend and enjoy these low-cost programs open to the public.  For tickets, visit or call (310) 440-7300.

“Nature as It Is, or as It Ought to Be: The Great French Tradition of Landscape Painting in the Getty Museum,” complemeting the exhibition Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800
Mary Morton, associate curator of Paintings, highlights new acquisitions in her discussion of a new style of landscape painting and the ultimate revolt of painters against the grand tradition of the 17th through the 19th centuries.  A guided gallery tour follows the lecture.
Fri. Dec. 5, 1–3 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall and galleries
Fee $15

"Ovid’s Abduction of Europa: Three Baroque Perspectives"
Anne Woollett, associate curator of paintings, explores three portrayals by Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Lorrain, and Guido Reni of one of Ovid’s most popular tales, the abduction of the princess Europa by the god Jupiter disguised as a bull.  A guided gallery tour follows the lecture.
Fri. Feb. 13, 1–3 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall and galleries
Fee $15

"The 'Myth' of Venus: Alluring Seductress or Allegorical Muse"
Devote Valentine’s Day to lectures and gallery discussions on love, and become enamored by the goddess Venus in this four-hour gallery course dedicated to her many guises from the Renaissance to the present day. This course raises questions about beauty, sexual love, and the dichotomy of pure virgin and provocative femme fatale. 
Sat. Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall and galleries
Fee $20

"Illuminating German Art and Opera"
Fill your day with looking, listening, and learning about German manuscripts and opera. This program brings scholars of art and music together to explore the connections between the Getty exhibition German and Central European Manuscript Illumination and LA Opera's production of two Richard Wagner masterpieces, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.  Box lunch and a finale with piano and singers are included in the study day.
Sat. Mar. 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall and galleries
Fee $60; $30 students/seniors.

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications

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